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The Value of Safety

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Accidents occur every day due to faulty maintenance and operating practices. These accidents can be reduced drastically through proper planning and evaluation, like the steps we carry out for AHS, Inc., clients. Research has shown that workers are more productive when working in a safe environment, there-by proving that a safe and healthy environment lays the foundation for a successful and efficient company.

Why Bother?
Recognizing that a safe environment is crucial to the longevity of a company, there are multiple reasons why it is important to supply the necessary time, money and resources to help your client create this environment. Employees’ lives and their well-being are the most crucial reason for you to ensure clients are operating in safe and healthy working conditions.

The littlest of safety mistakes, such as altering equipment incorrectly, can create an accident or, worse, a fatality. Companies don’t typically intend to break regulations; often they’re so close to situations that it’s difficult to see potential problems. That’s where your company can help.

Partnering With Your Client
Through multiple client visits, AHS staff noticed the need to partner with our clients and offer assistance in evaluating their facility for potential accidents. Utilizing our years of experience on site, we developed our risk mitigation survey, which we offer to all clients.

Our risk mitigation expert schedules a site visit and tours the facility utilizing our risk mitigation survey. Once that task is completed, our expert documents the findings and meets with the client to discuss the survey results. Through this discussion, we offer step-by-step guidance on any replacements and changes to make to ensure the environment is safe. Some of the recommendations can easily be fixed by in-house maintenance crews, while others may call for a contractor.

We also invite our clients to attend educational workshops at our head-quarters to further provide them with information on a particular safety topic. Our workshops include hands-on activities, guest speakers and a Q&A session that allows them to tailor the information to their company’s needs. Our workshops cover a host of safety topics, understanding that facility safety is more than just one or two items.safety checklist

Things to Consider
When conducting a survey, our risk mitigation expert looks at restrictions to ingress and egress paths, general building conditions, clear access to electrical panels, conveyors, racks, fall protection and ergonomic conditions, just to name a few items. The overarching theme is to find ways to minimize the client’s risk and increase the employee’s productivity.

Conveyor Safety
Conveyor safety is key to protecting employees. When working with a client, we not only offer creative designs, but we design a system utilizing our safety guidelines. These guidelines include:

  • Training personnel to dress appropriately around moving equipment.
  • Keeping conveyors free of obstructions.
  • Never altering or removing features of the conveyor.
  • Providing safety netting on overhead conveyors above work arms.
  • Conducting preventive maintenance inspections to make sure all safety features are in place and the equipment is functioning properly.

These guidelines should be taken into consideration when designing a system and training proper personnel. By taking the time to review these with your clients, you can help reduce their number of accidents.

What You Can Do
By understanding the important factors of a safe environment, you can make sure your clients are providing safe and healthy working conditions. If the resources are available, dedicating a person to work full time with clients on safety issues can drastically improve the environment.

If this isn’t a valid option, organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) offer training programs and videos to help train staff. Offering a risk mitigation survey similar to the one discussed earlier that looks at all aspects of the facility will provide the client an outside view and should offer recommendations on any needed changes. 

Lou Shelton Meet the Author
Currently the director of engineering for AHS, Inc., Lou Shelton’s background includes working as an engineer and product manager at FKI Logistex and as an industrial engineer at Cornerstone Consolidated.

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