Industrial workplaces present a variety of hazards to workers. In addition to a robust safety and health management system, a few basic safety tips can go a long way to keeping industrial workers healthy and safe.
We’ve included a few general tips for manufacturing safety below. While industrial and manufacturing jobs can drastically differ from one another, there are some universal industrial safety tips, guidelines, and solutions that are helpful for nearly all industrial workplaces.
To help you maintain a safer workplace, we’ve included not only the four tips below, but also a free Guide to Performing a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) you can download at the bottom of this article.
Four Helpful Industrial Safety Tips That Apply in Most Workplaces
Following the four industrial safety tips below will go far to help decrease workplace safety incidents and property damage.
1. Use Tools Only for Their Intended Purpose
Sometimes, to get a job done quicker, you might feel tempted to use a tool for something other than its intended purpose. However, doing this can cause a major injury.
Even if the tool you’re thinking of using looks similar to the proper tool, don’t do it. Equipment is made to perform specific functions. Misusing tools and machinery can damage tools and injure you.
Here’s a sample of our online Hand and Power Tool Safety training course, which discusses the importance of using the proper tool for the task.
2. Avoid Becoming Tired on the Job
Fatigue and exhaustion often plays a role in workers injuring themselves.
To prevent fatigue-related injuries, perform difficult or dangerous tasks only when you feel alert enough. If necessary, take a break before you do a dangerous task.
Another useful tactic is to do difficult and dangerous tasks early in the day. By doing this, you prevent doing these tasks when you are drained from working all day and make it less likely for you to incur injury.
Of course, getting plenty of sleep and generally living a healthy lifestyle out of work will also help you avoid being tired on the job as well.
Here’s a sample from our online Stress Management course, which covers many topics, including the importance of rest, sleep, relaxation, and avoiding fatigue.
3. Pick Up Heavy Objects Properly
Back injuries on the job are very common, and many times they result from improper lifting.
To avoid injuring yourself, make sure to lift objects slowly and with the proper form. Pick the object straight up without stooping or twisting. Use your legs to lift and keep your back straight. If the object is too heavy to pick up safely, ask for help or use a machine to pick up the object.
Here’s a sample of our Back Injury Prevention course, which explains (amongst other things) the importance of proper lifting technique and how to lift things properly to avoid injury.
4. Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls
Two of the top three most common and costly causes of disability injuries at work are falls on the same level and falls to a lower level.
These falls can have many causes, but one is simply not paying close enough attention while walking. Another is allowing a workplace to develop slip, trip, and fall hazards.
To reduce slip, trip, and fall hazards, and likewise the number of slips, trips, and falls at work, make sure that aisles are always clear and spills are immediately cleaned and that you follow good housekeeping practices at work.
Here’s a sample of our Slips, Trips, and Falls eLearning course, which covers a lot of related information.
Industrial Safety: Four Tips for You
Being aware of your environment and making sure you perform tasks as instructed makes it much less likely to receive an injury. In addition, as a worker you’ll often have the best understanding of workplace hazards like these, and you can either correct them yourself or report them to supervisors when appropriate.
If you are interested in learning more about industrial safety, check out Convergence Training’s health and safety training videos.
In addition, let us know if you’d like more information about our health and safety training courses, our learning management system (LMS) for safety training administration, custom safety training solutions, or other safety compliance needs.
And finally, please download our free Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) Guide, below.
Job Hazard Analysis Guide
Learn how to perform a job hazard analysis on the job with our free step-by-step guide.