Choosing the right safety equipment is a vital component to maximizing the productivity, efficiency, and safety of your employees, but using safety equipment isn’t enough. You need to understand how to properly use equipment in order to get the most benefit.
Planning in advance and knowing your work environment lets you choose the appropriate safety equipment for your manufacturing engineers. Once the equipment is selected, your organization must have the resources to ensure that they are used correctly.
Plan Safety in Advance
When choosing the right safety equipment, you need to have a plan in place. Understanding the nature of the project and the environment in which you’ll be working helps you determine the best strategy for employee safety.
Consider what activities will be performed during the process. This includes the tools, vehicles, and any external support systems used. The work environment is critical to ensuring the safety of workers, and there are multiple factors that can lead to injury.
Some of the many risks that exist in a work environment include sharp objects, heavy lifting, extreme temperatures, dangerous liquids, and electricity.
Understand the Equipment
Many people assume that safety equipment can be used in all work environments and stages of a given project. This can lead to accidents and serious injury if they’re not carefully scrutinized.
Harnesses, footwear, and other safety gear work best in certain settings. Gloves and other accessories can become caught in machinery causing serious harm. Understanding how safety equipment should be used (and in what conditions) ensures that you and your team stay safe.
Consider elevations, machinery, and other factors when determining how your safety equipment should be used.
Using Safety Equipment
Environmental factors determine what and how safety equipment will be used. High levels of noise and low levels of visibility dictate a specific set of requirements when using safety gear.
Choosing the right protective eyewear requires you to consider any potential impact, exposure to debris, and splashing liquids that may be present on a job site. Protective eyewear must protect against the risks you’ll face while providing maximum visibility, fit, and comfort.
Similarly, when protecting workers from loud noises, the safety gear must reduce the noise to appropriate levels while allowing individuals to properly communicate with each other and hear the sound of surrounding equipment and moving vehicles.
Protective gloves must avoid being caught in machinery or slipping off during an important work task. Gloves should be made from the appropriate material and provide a proper fit for each individual. Any protective footwear should fit properly and have soles that provide resistance against slipping and puncture.
Not all safety equipment is ideal for your work environment. Choosing the right equipment for your manufacture engineers maximizes their safety while enhancing productivity and efficiency for your entire team.