Health and safety are at the forefront of many people’s minds right now. The coronavirus pandemic has heightened awareness surrounding staying safe and protecting each other from harm. If you run a manufacturing business you will already be aware of the importance of maintaining a safe work environment, but there are always ways that existing health and safety practices can be improved to further protect your employees and visitors. While attention is currently focused around COVID-19 and preventing outbreaks from occurring in your workplace, it is essential to ensure that other health and safety practices at work are not compromised as a result. Here are some of the ways you can help to keep everyone safe both through this challenging time and beyond:
Personal Protection Equipment
PPE has been a subject of much discussion lately. While PPE was previously used by medical professionals and higher-risk manufacturing businesses, it has now become something that you will see people wearing to carry out everyday tasks. With the high demand for personal protection equipment showing no signs of slowing down, it is essential to ensure that you have enough on order to keep your workers safe. Without the right PPE, your employees may not be able to continue to work and your production line may come to a halt.
With so many extra things to consider during the pandemic, it can be easy to let routine tasks slip your mind. Keeping on top of your regular tasks can be more of a challenge than usual especially when you have a lot of additional tasks on your to-do list during the pandemic.
One task that cannot be ignored is your equipment maintenance. Ensuring that essential equipment such as your fume cupboards receive their required annual maintenance checks is vital. However, you may need to schedule your maintenance checks with a longer lead time than usual to ensure it can be carried out on time. It is best to check with your service engineers to ensure that they are still working through the pandemic so that you have time to arrange an alternative engineer if needed.
Processes and Procedures
Over the past year, there has been so much change, with every area of life affected by the pandemic. Your workplace is no exception to this. As a manufacturing business, using PPE and being diligent about health and safety will always have been a priority for your company. However, you may find that attempting to adhere to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic conflicts with some parts of your business operation. Certain tasks may be a challenge to complete while adhering to social distancing rules, and you may need to rethink some of your working methods.
To continue to keep your employees safe while meeting the necessary coronavirus precautions you may need to revisit some of your policies and procedures. Re-writing some of your process documents will help to clarify the new working practices for your employees and continue to keep everyone safe.