When you run an industrial factory, it is important to be as efficient as possible. While efficiency is critical, it’s also key you don’t skimp on employee safety and site security so your profits remain profits. Instead of making security an afterthought at your facility, you should put health and safety first to prevent accidents and losses, rather than cleaning up after disaster strikes. Here are some of the safeguards you should have in place so your employees are always protected.
Assign Duties and Responsibilities to Staff
Your staff members and managers may be willing to get involved in health and safety monitoring, but you might need external help to get the ball rolling. You can have health and safety ambassadors who will write reports when an accident happens or train a new employee, but an occupational safety contractor can help inspect the facility to highlight changes that must be made, and products that need to be purchased. You can also call a company like Sullivan Engineering to come survey the building and make sure it is protected against leaks or hazards. It is a cost for the consulting, but when all of the boxes are checked, you will feel great peace of mind and won’t have to spend more if an accident does occur.
Construct a Health and Safety Policy with Regulations in Mind
In an industrial setting where there is commercial grade equipment, vehicles, and people spread about, having meticulous procedures is key. You should have a very detailed safety policy that employees are expected to follow. It might seem like you are being long-winded when you type out step by step processes, but it is necessary. If employees do not follow the procedures, make sure your policy describes what will happen in terms of consequences.
Invest in Automated Security Systems
Its not out of the ordinary for employees or maintenance crews to access the facility around the clock. You cannot allow just anyone to gain access to the factory, or you could be in for trouble. Instead of having a gatekeeper you must pay to sit and man the gate, it is smart to invest in an automated gate security system complete with cameras and controls.
Hazard Training is a Must
One minor accident can put a lot of staff at risk in a facility like this. It should be required that all factory workers take training classes and pass a test before they can work independently. Some regulations require specific hazard training, but a thorough in-house training program that covers all of the scenarios will be more effective in the long run.
You can still stay profitable when you make security a priority. In fact, paying for equipment and training could be an investment if it prevents just one catastrophe. It is your responsibility to keep all your employees safe, and these are areas you should never skimp on.