Often when we think of accidents in the workplace, factory accidents spring to mind.
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Common factory safety issues
Slips, Trips and Falls in the Factory – One of the most common factory safety issues are accidents from slipping, tripping or falling. Factory machinery adds a more dangerous element to the mix. Good housekeeping and staff safety training can prevent a vast amount of these injuries.
Factory Transport Safety – The ‘workhorse’ in many factories is the forklift truck. This along with heavy goods vehicles and specialised equipment such as diggers and mobile cranes mean that transport is key safety risk factor. Extra care and attention is needed from both staff and drivers to prevent accidents happening. Accidents can also happen when loading or unloading delivery vehicles. Fumes from vehicles need to be properly ventilated to avoid workplace pollution.
Manual handling is more than just lifting heavy items – it includes putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving of a load.
Safer Manual Handling – To avoid manual handling risks, you will need to investigate whether manual handling can be eliminated or reduced.
Solutions could involve:
Hazardous Substances in the Factory
Exposure to hazardous substances can occur during most factory operations but frequently occurs during:
LEV (local exhaust ventilation) equipment examination and testing is a legal requirement
LEV testing is available from Safety for Work Ltd
Factory Equipment Safety
Employers must ensure that work equipment, of any age or source, is safe and its use does not have any health and safety risks.
The range of work equipment is very wide and includes:
Factory Noise Risks and Noise Risk Assessments
An employer has a duty to protect employees from excessive noise. If you cannot hear a person speaking 2m away in a normal voice anywhere in the factory then the noise is likely to be 85dB(A) or above and a noise survey should be carried out.
Noise risk assessments are available from Safety for Work Ltd – click here
Electricity Safety in the Factory
Electricity is used extensively in all factories often at a higher voltage, 415v, than domestic supplies. PAT (portable appliance testing) needs to be conducted regularly.
The dangers from electricity can come from:
A significant contribution to safety in the factory can be made by personnel being dressed appropriately.