Due to machines and human beings working in the same area for a specified time, measures must be taken to ensure safety in a workshop.
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- Installation of safety alarm
Some workshops cover a large area being used by many workers.
So, when danger occurs, a machine goes wrong, or the entire workshop area is in danger due to a mechanical or electrical fault, an alarm is installed to alert all workers to hide for safety. In contrast, the fault is being figured out.
- Availability of first aid box.
Minor injuries like cuts or bruises could occur. Such minor injuries may not require visiting a medical center but just a quick, simple treatment that the use of a first aid box can provide.
- Adhering to the instruction manual
No matter how conversant you are with a type of machine, still read its operational manual as the brand manufacturer may have changed a means of operation to stand out in the market.
Reading the instruction manual saves workers from machine trial and error operation.
- The full concentration of workers
A workshop that uses industrial machines to be operated by humans requires a very high concentration level because machines follow a programmed sequence of operations.
So, the human operators need to be alert and not entertain any distractions in the form of side talk or brief suspension of work while the machine is fully operational.
- Use of overall workshop wear
Safety of workers should be a high priority, and one way of keeping them safe in the workshop area during working hours is to use a special uniform overall wear that fully covers and protects most parts of the body from the neck downwards.
- Adequate illumination of workshop
Most workshops and industrial factories are constructed such that (most times), there’s no adequate sunlight penetrating through into the factory, which brings the need for adequate lighting of the workshop to enable workers to see well, especially the machines and its operating parts.
- Regular machine maintenance
A machine malfunctioning to cause an accident in a workshop is very slim if the machines are serviced regularly.
By oiling the necessary parts and allowing the technician to check what needs to be cleaned and replaced.
Sometimes a stiff part of the machine could hook while on and injure the operator(s).
- Keeping a safe distance from workshop machines
As stated above, machines follow a pre-programmed operation. Meaning humans have no power to alter such operations when it starts unless the particular programmed process ends. As such, workers and operators should keep a safe distance from the machines while they are operational.
It’s not enough to put on overalls and wear a helmet.
- Don’t manipulate the functional operation of machines.
A factory machine configures a system that operates on a sequence instructed by the manufacturer for the operator to follow.
Manipulating this configuration by changing some internal parts or installations can make it malfunction and injure the operators in the process.
When a machine is faulty, it should be switched off immediately pending the arrival of a technician.