Factories can be places of absolute wonder – raw materials go in and clothes, household goods, foods, toys, and more come out. However, anyone who has been in a factory understands that it can be a dangerous environment to work in. Surrounded by constantly moving heavy machinery, chemicals, and sharp tools, employees often find themselves injured and unsure of whom they can turn to for help. Thus, a plant risk assessment becomes necessary. After such an assessment, a firm will find out that the workers are prone to the following risks while working on a mobile plant risk assessment plan. Such risks can be avoided by following certain safety measures and precautions:

1. Strict Use of Protective Equipment

Working equipment is necessary for workers, especially in a mobile plant risk assessment plan. Thus, this should not be ignored by them and always be extra in stock in case anyone of it damages. Workers should be made aware of the necessary reasons to wear this protective equipment to protect their health and safety. The following equipment should be readily available by the manufacturers:

  • hard hats
  • eye shields
  • breathing masks
  • gloves

The equipment must be regularly checked for problems and kept clean. The employer must also provide all employees with the gear of proper fitting.

2. Regular Inspection by the Employees for any Hazardous Conditions

Calling a professional for reviewing the mobile plant risk assessment premises is not always feasible. Hence the employers should visit these premises themselves to check the working conditions. They should review any hazardous condition carefully as the workers’ health and life is dependent on him. Such an inspection should be done regularly and objectively by the owners.

3. Providing Proper Training

Proper training acts as a base for the employees to perform their work well and with an adequate amount of safety to life. Training should be provided to all the employees who are working with heavy machinery, tools, and hazardous chemicals.

Such cases need apt maintenance especially when it comes to the lift-aid equipment like hoists, cranes, forklifts, and come along. There are a lot of different techniques available for helping the workers lift these too. These may include special training like avoiding lifting from the floor levels or even specialized gear that can reduce this effort.

4. Prevention of Accidental Falls

Falling accidents is one more very frequent reason for the workers to get themselves hurt in a mobile plant risk assessment plan. Thus, it needs to be minimized as it takes away the life of a worker most of the times or makes him permanently handicapped and unable to work throughout his life. There are some other important aspects to be kept in mind here too like the floors and work areas should be clear of debris. In particular, all of the electrical work should be organized too. Slippery floors are another big risk here. If it’s a colder region then attempts to remove the snow and ice is important so that the work can be continued uninterruptedly in a mobile plant risk assessment plan.

5. Effective Supervision

Employers should ensure that supervisor training is given. Not training the supervisors in human relations skills especially when it comes to behavior-based is essential. One should also ensure that work safety is considered as a part of the mobile plant risk assessment plan. Just as productivity is a valued when supervisors are reviewed, so should safely work environments. Make safety a part of every supervisor’s job appraisal.

These are some of the steps a mobile plant risk assessment employer should take for the safety of his workers and for better production.

Published by Joel Borthwick