When you run a factory or some kind of manufacturing facility, it is very important that you get your machines assessed on a regular basis. This is something that could potentially save you a lot of money if done right. To make sure that your machines have the proper safeguards on them, you need to carry out a regular risk assessment with the help of a safety switch on them all.
Don’t sacrifice too much productivity
You have to make sure that the safety devices and the level of quality of the safeguards on your machinery is in compliance with the laws and standards of the region you are in. It doesn’t matter where in the world the factory is, safety is the number one most important thing you should focus on.
In addition to conducting proper checks of the safety standards of your machinery, you also need to make sure that after you have installed the safeguards and devices on your machines, they still operate at the optimal level of productivity.
If you don’t do this, your company is going to have a lower output, which in turn could result in lower profits for every production cycle. While safety is important, you need to understand that it is possible to ensure safety without having to give up the efficiency or productivity of the factory.
A staggering number of machines aren’t safe
According to some surveys, it has been determined that over 90% of the machines on the floor of a typical manufacturing plant or factory are not compliant with current safety standards. This means that way too many of your employees are in danger of having near fatal injuries simply by operating the machinery.
Even though they operate it in the right way and without any mistakes, there is always the chance that a machine could fail at the worst possible moment. If the right safeguards haven’t been installed, this could result in critical injury or even the death of the operator.
By having a well-documented and thought out plan for safeguarding the machines on your factory floor, you can ensure that the amount of risk that your employees are taking every time they start working is minimized to an extent that the risk factor is negligible.
Make sure you generate reports
Whenever safety compliance assessment is carried out on machines, a report has to be generated based on the results of the test. This can be used for future reference as well, as it will usually have in it an overview of the level of safety of each machine in the company as well as suggestions for the reduction of risk during operation of the machines.
This is of more importance than you may think, especially in terms of the business. If you don’t have the right safety standards and devices, an injury sustained by an employee in your factory is going to become a major liability to you. This is because, in the case a lawsuit is filed against the company, the first thing that will be checked is the compliance of the safeguard devices.
If these aren’t up to par, you are going to be found at fault for the employee’s injury. This will result in you having to bear the cost for all damages. If you don’t want this to happen to you, it is always recommended to carry out safety checks on a regular basis.