Factory safety tips from the Invicta team
Safety at work is everyone’s personal responsibility. Your safety, and that of those around you, should be a top priority when working. In factories and warehouses, following correct workplace safety guidelines leads to more efficient performance and ensures nobody gets hurt or injured.
To make sure you’re following proper guidance, we’ve collected the top factory safety tips from the team here at Invicta.
Make sure your equipment is suitable
It’s important to make sure you’re following the correct safety measures when it comes to your equipment.
- Ensure you’re using the right tools and machinery for each job.
- Make sure you’re inspecting your equipment regularly to make sure that it’s in top condition. Our Thorough Examination service makes the process swift and simple and makes sure your lifting equipment complies with LOLER.
- Report any concerns or issues with equipment immediately to a superior or factory manager.
- In addition, always look after your equipment and tools; proper maintenance will ensure they last.
Make sure you’re trained appropriately
If you’re using specialist equipment, it’s important that you have the relevant, appropriate training. Some pieces of equipment, like forklifts, require specific training to ensure the person using them is fully versed in the correct safety measures. Often this is a legal requirement, as large machinery can be dangerous if not operated correctly. Find out more about staying safe when using a forklift and about using forklifts to safely lift employees.
During any manual work, make sure you’re lifting correctly to avoid injury – use both hands, keep the correct posture with the weight on your legs rather than your back, keep your back straight, and use slow and smooth motions.
Always wear correct safety equipment
Wearing your personal protective equipment, or PPE, at all times is a must for keeping yourself safe. Many workplaces will supply you with the correct safety gear, so make sure you wear it. Steel toe boots, hard hats, masks, goggles, gloves and high visibility clothing can all help protect you against hazards in the workplace. Again, check your safety equipment and clothing regularly to make sure it’s not worn out or damaged.
Always work in a clean area
Housekeeping is important when it comes to safety. A clean and tidy workplace with no obstructions encourages more efficient work – if everything is where it should be and there are no obstructions, you’re likely to be to work faster. Clean up any spills or messes immediately to prevent slips and avoid clutter which could potentially block any emergency exits.
It’s tempting to keep working sometimes to get a job finished, but taking regular breaks means you can stay much more alert. Tiredness can lead to injuries, both you and those around you, as slower response times mean dangers aren’t observed as quickly. So, take short breaks, especially when working on a long and repetitive task, to make sure you’re always alert.
Safety is a team effort, so make sure communication is strong and open within your team. A culture where workers are encouraged to report problems and share any issues results in a safe workplace. Keep lines of communication open with your co-workers to make sure you’re all on the same page, and always tell supervisors about any concerns you have. Being conscious of those around you can help prevent any potential accidents from happening.
Even with the correct equipment, PPE and training, it’s always important to make sure you’re taking responsibility for yourself. Ultimately, you’re responsible for your own personal safety, so always be attentive and aware of your surroundings. If you’re not sure of anything, ask a supervisor or factory manager – they’re there to look out for your safety.
We hope these factory safety tips were helpful. Safety in the workplace is of top importance, so following proper guidelines and keeping communication open is vital.
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