The Duravant family of operating companies serve the food processing, packaging and material handling segments.
Manufacturing Safety Tips
At FMH, safety is a top priority. In an effort to better mitigate workplace risks, we have compiled a list of safety tips that can be implemented across several industries:
Maintain a Standardized Work Process
Standard work processes offer clear expectations and detailed breakdowns of tasks. By
providing a baseline for employees, safety is improved, which boosts performance. For example, a task such as cutting or drilling would require that employees wear safety glasses.
By wearing proper safety equipment and ensuring that equipment is in good condition, you
greatly lower the likelihood of injury. For FMH, PPE includes safety glasses, steel-toed shoes, and ear plugs.
Keep Work Areas and Emergency Exits Clear
Ensure that emergency exits remain uncluttered. An unorganized work area can lead to loss of
space or cause otherwise unsafe working conditions. If an exit is obstructed, you may not be able to quickly escape in emergency situations. It is important to place equipment in proper storage areas after use to ensure clear pathways and workspaces.
Use Correct Posture When Lifting
To avoid a back injury while handling items, it is important to utilize the body’s leverage.
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
- Bend your knees while keeping back straight and looking forward.
- Lift with your legs, not your back.
- Keep item close to your body and at waist-height.
Inform Supervisors of Unsafe Positions
Supervisors are obligated to keep you and fellow employees safe in the working environment. If
you see something that could potentially lead to an injury, remove the object, or clean the area if you can safely. Otherwise, inform your supervisor.
It is everyone’s job to help maintain a safe workplace. By following these tips, companies can work towards ensuring employee safety.