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There is an element of risk involve in working any job, not just in factory work. But working in a factory does require hardcore attention and focus, so ensuring that you get enough rest can go a long way to remaining alert while on the job.
Training is essential, and management has to take responsibility of making sure everyone that works for the factory has the proper training available to them. Training can be provided for the operation of powered industrial equipment, the proper handling of harmful chemicals, proper employee conduct in a factory environment, and many other aspects of factory work where injury is possible. Employees must be responsible for seeking additional training whenever appropriate, and should never operate equipment until confident that the safety procedures are well understood.
You should be sure to have the proper safety equipment on hand prior to starting a job assignment. Most supervisors are very well trained in safety protocols, and are more than willing to provide everything an employee needs to remain safe on the job.
Nevertheless, you could find yourself being asked to operate a press, for example, without the protective gear that you need. You are not out of line to bring the safety issue to the immediate attention of the supervisor so that it can be resolved prior to beginning to work. And always inspect your safety gear for wear and tear, and replace it as needed. Most warehouse jobs will have a certain safety code.
The National Census of Occupational Injuries reports that every year about 6,000 people lose their lives in workplace related injuries, while as many as 50,000 are killed by illnesses related to exposure to hazardous materials in their workplace. In addition, businesses lose billions of dollars every year due to on-the-job injuries. Unfortunately, injuries are fairly common in American factories, but you don’t have to be a statistic, and here are some tips to keep you safe.
Most will agree that workplace injuries are avoidable in nearly every case, and that workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the Safety Manager’s. Injuries most frequently result from one of the following: unsafe labor practices, poor facility maintenance that results in hazardous conditions, and exposure to improperly-stored chemicals. Knowing a few workplace safety tips can help you to avoid accidents and injury while on the job. For example, if you are working in welding, you should always wear your safety mask.
Documenting safety issues is extremely important for workplace safety. Don’t be tempted to avoid filling out safety reports just because you don’t want to get someone in trouble. Everyone’s safety, including your own, should concern you more. Safety forms are not intended for disciplining employees, they are there to make sure that safety issues are handled promptly and appropriately, by the right people.
Generally, once a safety report has been filled out, someone is assigned to follow up on the safety issue until it has been eliminated. The form is meant to be a visible, written record, to ensure that the safety issue doesn’t accidentally get forgotten about, and it adds an element of accountability to ensure that the issue is resolved correctly.
Just remember, that complacency is your enemy where your safety is concerned. You are far more likely to avoid injury when you make safety your priority. It looks like GM will be keeping a lot of jobs in the USA in 2017.