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Improving Workshop Safety: Dos and Don’ts

An engineering workshop is different than a typical workspace on many different levels. For starters, workshops usually include dozens of heavy machineries with impressive power ratings, which can cause serious damage with the slightest mistake. You simply cannot afford mistakes within these workshops and safety is imperative. That is why these places have specific occupational health and safety measures in place, more often than not.

With today’s advancements, it is important to improve safety because it not only helps ensuring the safety of workers, but also helps you eliminate possible potential hazards and leads you to professional certifications. However, this is not a task that can be done within a day. In fact, you will need time as well as money to plan everything in order to obtain the required safety levels. This guide includes three basic advice and tips that can help you get it done without hassle!

Light up the place and use signage

Lighting your workshop is much more important than you think. As mentioned earlier, you will have many heavy machines operating at the same time, and workers will often have to manoeuvre themselves through the machineries. If the lighting is not appropriate, not only your workers will be at risk, but also the machineries will face risks, which will definitely cost you a fortune to repair!

As a rule, you need to have both natural and artificial lighting within your workshop in most countries. Regardless the type of lighting you use, make sure to follow the regulations to ensure that your workshop has the ideal intensity available. In addition, make sure to use universally accepted signage to denote almost everything, including the layout and floor plan, within your workshop.

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Inspections and maintenance

Having the right tools and protocols mean nothing if you are not maintaining them right. That is why it is imperative to carry out regulating inspections with the air of professionals. Interval between these inspections can be either regulated by a legal body or decided based on your equipment.

For instance, a workshop with many heavy types of machinery will require specific inspections, such as vibration monitoring, air sampling, environmental monitoring and heat stress inspections etc. Only a professional body with the right tools and skills can carry out these inspections. Once carried out, these inspections will specify the right maintenance procedures, which you have to follow.

Develop contingencies

Despite all your strategies and safety protocols, the risk will never be zero. Accidents can happen in a matter of a millisecond, and that is why you should always be prepared. Developing contingencies plays a vital role in workshop safety due to this particular reason. Start with training your employees.

There are heaps of professional workshops and training sessions about safety and OHS that your employees can attend and supporting them to complete those sessions will be an excellent investment in the long run. Moreover, consult OHS professionals to find loopholes and gaps within your workshop’s safety protocols and solve them together with the professional aid and advice.