Industrial safety is a complicated and multifaceted subject, especially since there are so many branches and several industries. Every industry comes with its own set of challenges. In the changing social set-up with technology permeating every aspect of our lives, we see a constant involvement of machines in the industrial set-up. Therefore, safety in industrial businesses also needs to be made relevant.
There are many challenges in industrial businesses considering that the internet world is providing access to real-time understanding of worker behavior, several compliance rules regarding machinery and products, reasons for safety shutdowns and ways to prevent the same.
- Culture and Worker Behavior: It is critical that machinery design should incorporate the interaction between machines and workers. If the culture is studied and machines are made with the knowledge then it is more likely that operators will abide by basic safety standards or protocols.
- Nature of the workforce: The older workforce is more susceptible to certain injuries, related to age and reflex problems. They take longer to recover. However, the younger and less-experienced workers tend to be more impulsive and hence prone to injuries arising out of these. Hence, it is important to pick the workforce, train them and make attempts to retain them by equipping them with the necessary knowledge.
Understanding the challenges and maintaining safety standards in any industrial businesses is vital for its existence. Risk Assessments cannot be undermined. Regular risk assessments which involve
- A survey will allow you to understand your safety measures as against prescribed standards.
- Regular spot checks will assess how far the safety protocols are being followed. Plans should be put in place to bring the standards up if there are discrepancies.
- It is important that businesses track current safety standards and regulatory compliances so your business is up-to-date. This will protect your business from stoppages due to safety non-compliance.