Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Safety Challenges and Solutions

Like manufacturers in all industries, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their employees face real and serious health and safety issues. In some cases, the hazards are the same ones we find in most manufacturing facilities. In other cases, the hazards are more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Likewise, pharmaceutical manufacturers use hazard controls and risk mitigations that are common to many industries as well as more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing, including all levels of the hierarchy of controls, from elimination down to administrative controls such as training for pharmaceutical safety and the use of PPE.

We’ll look at some pharmaceutical manufacturing challenges (hazards) and solutions (controls) below.

Safety and Health Hazards in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

In addition to the kind of general occupational safety and health hazards you might find in many manufacturing facilities (slips, trips, and falls; mobile equipment; improper lifting and resulting back injuries; etc.), pharmaceutical manufacturing often includes hazards such as:

  • Flammable and combustible materials
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Biologic hazards
  • Ergonomic strains related to repetitive motion and/or awkward working positions
  • Other lab safety hazards (sharp glass, etc)

Hazard Control and Risk Mitigation Strategies for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry

Occupational safety in the pharmaceutical industry begins with the same kind of basics all manufacturers use:

Additionally, employees engaged in pharmaceutical manufacturing benefit from training on:

We provide online pharmaceutical manufacturing training courses and solutions, including a learning management system and safety management software, that can help you improve the safety performance of your pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. We encourage you get in touch with us to see how we can help you on your pharmaceutical safety journey.


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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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