30 Jan

Mean Machines: Tips to Improve Safety when Using Machines

metal workingBusinesses today are under increasing pressure to improve efficiency, bring down expenses, and adapt to various technological advancements. In an ever-shifting business landscape, you need to meet these demands, all while complying with complex health and safety concerns and regulations.

Improving machine safety should then become one of your top priorities, not only because the moving parts can cause workplace injuries, but also because your company can save a significant amount of money by preventing problems upfront.

Whether you’re in the food canning, metal pressing, or product assembly industry, here are a few tips to make your work and workplace safer.

Start to End Safety Program Approach

Safety needs to be incorporated into your entire program. From conceptualisation to the entire process of designing the machine and the workplace, you need to take any possible failures and machine problemsinto account. When designing the safety program, don’t just think about the probability of accidents and mishaps, but also the impact and repercussions of those failures.

If sheet metal pressing or food canning is essential to your business, for example, a single power outage, malfunctioning part, or a loose screw could halt production, damage the machines, and cause injuries.

Old and New Machine Automation

Different machines have varying sets of buttons, knobs, and controls. Maintaining and repairing “old school” systems often takes a lot of valuable time, as you need to find the root cause of the problem manually. It’s also a very costly failure as you usually have to shut down the whole thing until repairs are finished.

Be sure to take into account the specific maintenance needs of each machine to speed up repairs. In product assembly, for example, know the situations when you need to call a mechanic or a safety engineer.

Extensive Test before Use

Machine safety cannot be achieved through trial and error. This approach puts your workers’ lives in danger. If you’re using the equipment for the first time or after a long hiatus, be sure to make a few test runs first to ensure everything is running smoothly.

If you’re in the business of metal pressing or canning, be sure the metals and other materials are moving smoothly and that there are no physical obstructions. Also, don’t push the equipment past its daily use limits.

These small things all add up to improve your safety program and help you achieve big savings on repair and maintenance costs.