For both financial and ethical reasons, safety is one of the most important matters that every manufacturing company out there must address. Here are four of the most common safety concerns in manufacturing, along with a few simple ways that you can help improve safety in your business.
- Maintenance. Keeping machinery, equipment, and the general workspace clean and well-maintained is crucial to promoting a safe environment. Documenting maintenance and establishing standardized maintenance procedures can help ensure that maintenance efforts achieve maximum impact, while also offering legal protection in the event that something goes wrong through no fault of your own.
- Training. Well-trained employees make fewer mistakes, and they are better equipped to respond to emergency situations. Make sure that proper training procedures are in place, that they are well-documented and available to all employees.
- Miscommunication. Manufacturing is generally a team effort, and when miscommunication occurs the results can oftentimes be costly or even dangerous. This is why promoting an environment of easy and open communication is important for manufacturing operations of all types and sizes. Examples of this may include implementing integrative information software and/or creating a safe and anonymous way for concerns to be voiced.
- Distraction/Operator Errors. People are not perfect — and at times even a well-trained and attentive employee can make mistakes. These are probably the most difficult types of errors to prevent, but creating verification procedures and emergency-response routines can help prevent and/or minimize the impact of such occurrences.
Although it is certainly no replacement for training, maintenance, and other common-sense safety measures, implementing smart manufacturing management software can help create a smoother operation — and this, in turn, could help to minimize factors such as miscommunication and distraction. (In addition to offering a host of other financial benefits.) To learn more about SMe Software’s manufacturing solutions, visit us online today!