As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing is among the top three most potentially dangerous occupations, with 395,300 workplace injuries and 35,000 workplace illnesses annually. Other highlights of the most recent BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, published in November 2019, include:

And many, if not all, of these unfortunate incidents, could have been prevented, had the right manufacturing safety measures been in place, understood and enforced.

Never cut corners on safety training.

Stay laser-focused on safety training, even when it means taking your highest-producing employees off the job and risking missing the day’s target. The cost would pale in comparison to that of a life-altering, life-threatening, or fatal accident.

Implement safer practices and processes.

Set and adhere to strict safety rules throughout your plant, office and support areas, and the factory floor. Conduct regular audits to ensure compliance and make any needed improvements.

Ensure safety around hazardous materials.

Make sure your employees fully understand hazardous materials and their potential exposure risks. This includes the proper placing and storage of containers and packing items and clear and accurate labeling.

Maintain a safe environment.

No amount of training, communication, or awareness can help if the environment in which you work is fundamentally dangerous. Many solutions are simple; for example, covering up exposed wires, enforcing personal protective equipment rules, putting up signs near low beams, and practicing overall good housekeeping.

At PrideStaff Modesto, we specialize in staffing and workforce development for the manufacturing and warehouse industries. We can help design and implement a safety training and continuous improvement strategy for your business. This includes the latest approaches to coronavirus and related pandemic health issues. Reach out to us now to learn more.

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