The Importance of Health and Safety

It is the responsibility of every business in the metalwork industry to ensure that their employees are protected by correct health and safety protocols.

There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your risk of accident or injury is as limited as possible.

1.    Risk Identification

Being able to determine safety risks ahead of time can help you keep a safe and secure environment. Knowing the risks and dangers ahead of time can help you prepare emergency protocols. Consulting with employees is also valuable as they have the best knowledge of the work. Risk identification can be done as follows:

  • Knowing the risks
  • Who is most likely to be involved?
  • Weigh up risks and implement safety measures
  • Document findings
  • Examine and reassess if needed

2.    Training

Ensure all your employees are properly trained in the use of your fabrication systems and machines. This training will also make them aware of the common injuries associated with various equipment and how to avoid them. It is also a good idea to train employees in various safety and emergency protocols.

3.    PPE

Make sure all employees are issued and know how to use the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Common PPE used in fabrication are

  • Safety glasses
  • Flame resistant gloves
  • Ear protection
  • Helmets
  • Safety boots and clothing

4.    Regular Maintenance and Inspection

Regular maintenance on all machinery and equipment is vital to health and safety protocols. Replace or repair equipment that is faulty or damaged. This will help ensure workplace safety.

5.    Display All Guidelines and Hazard Signs

Having all health and safety signs and guidelines helps remind employees to adhere to them regularly. It is also helpful in the prevention of accidents or injuries.

The metal fabrication industry has various areas that are high risk when it comes to health and safety. Steelmor is one of the leading companies in the steel and metal manufacturing industry. If you require further information, contact them on 011 747 5700 for friendly and professional services.

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