5 Strategies To Keep Manufacturing Workers Safe Beyond Traditional PPE

Even though traditional PPE is imperative, Becklar Workforce Safety’s digital PPE provides the next level of protection to manufacturing workers.

For workers in manufacturing, ensuring their safety goes beyond traditional PPE. 

Although PPE is crucial, adopting a comprehensive approach to workplace safety is essential for creating a secure and productive manufacturing environment. 

1. Implementing Digital PPE

Even though traditional PPE is imperative, digital PPE provides the next level of protection to manufacturing workers, and enhances safety in ways that traditional PPE can not.

At Becklar, developing solutions to provide improved safety, security and peace-of-mind are of the highest priority. Thus, we have built comprehensive connected safety solutions to protect workers and offer peace of mind. Becklar’s Workforce Safety solutions provide one of the most comprehensive and easy to use platforms. With our innovative applications, devices, dashboards, and 24/7 monitoring, any manufacturing worker can feel like they are truly protected.

Utilizing our digital PPE will give manufacturing workers the confidence to do their jobs, and if help is needed, it’s only a click away.

2. Regularly Update & Modernize Safety Protocols

Change is inevitable. Therefore, it’s the duty of those at the head of manufacturing plants to regularly update and modernize safety measures. If left untouched, a safety protocol that was helpful twenty years ago is not going to be as beneficial today. The technology in machine equipment changes over time, and the ways to use them have changed as a result.

As these safety protocols get updated, it’s also important to remember that investing time in training programs is fundamental to keeping manufacturing workers safe. Be sure to equip employees with the knowledge and skills to identify potential hazards, operate machinery safely, and respond effectively in emergencies. Regular training sessions can reinforce safety protocols and foster a safety-conscious culture within the organization.

3. Investing in Safety Technology

It’s important to invest in technology that enhances safety in manufacturing settings. For example, there are technological advances that can implement sensors and monitoring systems to detect potential hazards, provide real-time feedback, and alert workers to unsafe conditions.

Safety Technology should also include digital PPE. Traditional PPE is critical, but will not protect employees who are alone and suffer a fall, a medical event, or miss a scheduled check-in. This technology can also be combined with indoor mapping to easily pin-point an employees location in the event of an emergency situation and deliver critical care quickly. 

4. Equipment Maintenance

Although we tend only to fix things when they are broken, being one step ahead and regularly checking machinery is key.

Something to keep in mind is finding maintenance techniques to identify and address equipment issues before they escalate into bigger issues. Regularly monitoring machinery for signs of wear and tear can prevent unexpected breakdowns, reducing the risk of accidents caused by malfunctioning equipment.

5. Clear & Effective Communication Protocols 

To better protect manufacturing workers, encourage open communication channels where employees can report safety concerns and suggest improvements. Having regular safety meetings can serve as a platform for discussing incidents, sharing best practices, and fostering a collaborative approach to safety.

Communication protocols should be continuously updated and integrated into the overall safety plans. Understanding who should be notified, how and when the notifications should be sent is critical to getting help to an employee when they need it.

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Better Protect Manufacturing Workers Today

While PPE is a cornerstone of manufacturing worker safety, a comprehensive approach to safety that incorporates advanced technology and the five strategies above is essential. By adopting these strategies and including digital PPE, manufacturing companies can create safer work environments, reduce accidents, respond quickly to incidents and prioritize the well-being of their most valuable asset—their workforce.