One of the first things that health and safety engineers look at is the various machine tools that a plant or business is using. We can recommend machine safety upgrades where appropriate and make recommendations in terms of equipment safety. While outdated machine tools may still get the job done, there have been numerous advancements in the last 20 years in terms of productivity and safety. Old habits have a tendency to die hard, but the newer tools are better for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is the convenience which they afford their users. The second, and potentially less apparent reason, is that there have been decades worth of workplace accidents that have influenced their design.
Each time a workplace accident occurs, there is an investigation into how it happened. This informs engineers who are manufacturing the devices on how best to make their tools safer for their users. For a business, this can be crucial to both workplace productivity and occupational health and safety. Hence why having a team behind you that understands the guidelines for safe machinery is so important.
Why Machine Safety Programs are So Important
Machine safety programs are designed not only to protect your employees from unnecessary risk but also to protect your company from unnecessary liability. Most companies are at greater risk than they tend to realize, and one area of risk that SAFE Engineers hone is on outdated equipment. Effective guidelines for safe machinery go behind the minimum guidelines of the law and include minimizing workplace injuries, reducing your risk exposure, and improving your overall productivity. Compliance with guidelines alongside low employee accident reports results in lower insurance costs as well. Occupational health and safety engineers understand their role in minimizing your risk is to protect both your employees and your company from unnecessary lawsuits, fines, or other non-compliance issues.
Companies Often Struggle to Keep Up with Changing Technology
While this sounds great in theory, it’s become increasingly difficult for companies to keep up with the latest technology let alone changing regulatory standards. Making an individual machine safe is one thing. Making every machine in an entire plant safe is quite another.
Machine safety upgrades, while necessary, are also costly. Having a team that can discern the most pressing hazards to workplace safety first is a big step forward for most companies that often find themselves genuinely wanting to make their workplaces safer, but not knowing where to start.
Part of understanding the problem that companies face, is also understanding the reason why machine safety upgrades often get overlooked. SAFE Engineering can help companies break down the process of minimizing their workplace risk. This often includes creating an internal safety standard and ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies. It also means defining a risk assessment process in which the aim is to come up with a strategy for itemizing what key areas need to be tackled first. While risk can never be fully eliminated, it can be reduced, and this is the ultimate goal of SAFE Engineering. For more information, please have a look at our webpage, and we can talk about machine safety upgrades that are right for your company.