Industrial safety topics are designed to make workers aware of policies and protections put in place to ensure safety for laborers and their work environment.
While manufacturing jobs can drastically differ from one another, there are some universal industrial safety topics and solutions that are helpful for any type of manufacturing.
We’ve included a few general tips for manufacturing safety below.
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. Only Use Tools for Their Intended Purpose
Sometimes, to get a job done quicker, you might feel tempted to use a tool for a purpose other than how it is intended. However, doing this can cause a major injury. Even if a tool looks similar to the proper tool, equipment is made to perform specific functions. Misusing tools and machinery can damage tools and injure you. Always make sure that you are using tools properly and for their intended purpose.
Here’s a sample of our Hand and Power Tool Safety course, which discusses the importance of using the proper tool for the task.
2. Avoid Becoming Tired on the Job
Exhaustion often plays a role in workers injuring themselves. To prevent injury, perform difficult or dangerous tasks only when you feel alert enough. If needed, 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.
Here’s a sample from our Stress Management eLearning course, which covers many topics, including the importance of rest, sleep, relaxation, and avoiding fatigue.
3. Pick Up Heavy Objects Properly
Rushing when picking up a heavy object can cause you to strain your back. 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 do lift things properly to avoid injury.
4. Prevent Trips and Slips
Two of the top three most common and costly causes of disability injury are falls on the same level and falls to a lower level. These falls are often caused by negligence on behalf of the worker or one of their coworkers. To prevent yourself and your fellow employees from tripping or slipping, make sure that aisles are always clear and spills are immediately cleaned.
Here’s a sample of our Slips, Trips, and Falls eLearning course, which covers a lot of related information.
Industrial Safety: We All Deserve It
Being aware of your environment and making sure you perform tasks as instructed makes it much less likely to receive an injury. Furthermore, OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s general industry standards give workers the right to a safe workplace by law.
If you are interested in learning more about occupational safety, check out Convergence Training’s health and safety training videos. You can watch these videos yourself or assign them to your workers to gain additional knowledge about workplace safety. We’ve included a short sample video below.
Finally, 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.
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