Postproduction food manufacturing poses a number of unique safety and sanitation challenges for manufacturing line workers. The U.S. Department of Labor reported “2.9 million workplace injuries in 2016,” with the most severe injuries resulting in death.
Even with technological advances and new regulations, workers are still being injured on the job. Sharp knives, hot ovens, cold storage, debris on floors and bacteria are just some of the dangers industry workers encounter on the job.
Common industry hazards include:
Slips, Trips, and Falls – The most common type of injuries. Workers are often exposed to wet floors and surfaces, which can create a work environment prone to frequent accidents.
Confined Spaces – Navigating the areas of a manufacturing facility can be tricky if precautions aren’t taken. Silos, storage bins, mixing vats and tanks serve as potential threats if they get stuck or pulled in by accident.
Harsh Chemicals - Chemicals are beneficial when it comes to sanitation, but can also be harmful if employees aren’t educated in safe handling procedures.
Equipment Safety – Equipment such as sharp knives and moving machinery are dangerous if used incorrectly. It’s important for manufacturing facilities to enforce a comprehensive lockout/tagout program that is highly visual and machine specific.
In order for food manufacturing facilities to prevent worker injuries and remain compliant, a workplace safety program must be in place. A successful program should educate and inform employees on safe-handling procedures as well as risks they might encounter in the workplace. This will not only prevent employee injuries from occurring, but also reduce the likelihood of product damage such as cross-contamination.
With over 70 years in the industrial safety space, ORR Safety is committed to providing you with the expertise and knowledge you need in order to create a successful and sustainable safety program for your facility. Our goal is not just to get you home safe, but to help you and your team have an injury free career.