How To Prevent Industrial Hazards

How To Prevent Industrial Hazards
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However developed our practices and methods of production are in this 21st century, there still is a risk of having unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. Most governments, employees, managers and stakeholders have identified the need for occupational health and safety practices and have recognized the productivity advantages that can be gained through the reduction of occupational hazards. Though the products that come out of plants and machinery can be given a price tag, human lives are invaluable. Therefore, the management’s utmost responsibility above anything else in a factory or a manufacturing plant is health and safety measures of its employees. This article provides a few ways such industrial hazards can be minimized.
The first and the best option will be set up the factory premises and all the controls and machines of the factory to a specified and a recognized standard. Globally recognized standards are OHSAS 18001 ISO 45001 and other locally available standards for occupational safety and health management systems. Obtaining these certifications requires the adaptation and maintenance of many health and safety precautions to be taken in order to prevent industrial hazards.
However as obtaining the certification could take a little time certain general guidelines can be practiced to prevent industrial hazards. Safe work practices will provide a lot of protection. These include general work place rules and other operation specific rules. Timely maintenance, hazard communication and chemical hygiene are also included under this. Next step is administrative controls such as including additional relief workers, exercise breaks and rotation of workers from one job to another as disorientation can lead to accidents. Relevant personal protective equipment should be made compulsory before entering the factory premises. However it is important to see if the equipment is up to standard. OHSAS 18001 ISO 45001 specifications can be used as benchmark for such standards.
Another step is to have systems to track hazard correction. However tight controls and preventive methods are used to avoid industrial hazards there is still a chance for something to go wrong. It is important to keep track of the corrective measures that are taken in such situations. Companies can computerize their hazard tracking system to make things more convenient. Equal importance should be given to emergency preparation as well. There can be certain events that are seemingly out of the management’s and the workers’ hands. Therefore it is important to be prepared for possible emergencies such as train or plane accidents, terrorist activities, floods, tornadoes or other such situations caused due to unforeseen events and circumstances.