Manufacturing workers produce an endless amount of consumer goods and products to keep our world turning. The equipment and tools manufacturing workers use to produce these goods and products, day in and day out, come with multiple risks and hazards.
National Safety Apparel delivers garments that meet the evolving needs of safety to help keep you and your workers compliant in hi-vis workwear, flame resistant, arc rated clothing, cut protection and even cryogenic protection that is comfortable to wear.
Comfortable PPE helps to ensure workers are more likely to wear the proper personal protective equipment that keep manufacturing workers safe in the event they are exposed to these daily hazards, so that they can get home safely to their families and keep producing products the world needs.
Exposure to Electricity
Electrical hazards are a serious concern for manufacturing workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Association’s Hierarchy of Controls puts an effective plan in place for workers to follow to avoid potentially fatal electrical incidents. PPE is the last line of defense in these incidents and everything from voltage rated gloves, flame resistant and arc rated clothing, and even arc flash kits should be worn or available to workers so that every precaution is taken to ensure their safety.
Passing NFPA 70E training helps to comply with OSHA standards for electrical safety in the work place, especially for manufacturing workers. Handling equipment with wires, electrical panels, other electrical machinery all come with exposure to high voltage electrical hazards.
Rubber voltage gloves and especially flame resistant, arc rated gear are the last, but a necessary line of defense that should be worn when handling tasks where these hazards are afoot. In the event of an exposure to an arc flash, wearing the proper arc rated clothing, or even putting on task based clothing such as arc flash kits, provides necessary protection from injuries caused by electrical hazards.
Struck by Incidents
In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 303 unfortunate work fatalities among manufacturing industry workers. 79 of those were deemed transportation-related due to being struck by an object or equipment. In almost any manufacturing plan or workplace, forklifts, tow-motors and other types motorized moving equipment is used to transport heavy materials around the workplace. In addition to proper training operating this equipment, hi-vis workwear is important in keeping everyone around transportation equipment seen to avoid these types of preventable incidents.
Manufacturing shops make use of motorized moving equipment to transport materials and other heavy items, which increases risk of struck by hazards. Some of these shops and plants may also have lighting in different areas, especially where materials are stored in large crates and on pallets.
Worker visibility is an important component of safety in these areas where forklifts, tow-motors and more are being operated. Manufacturing workers may not face traditional visibility standards defined by ANSI 107, but Type R (Roadway) hi-vis vests provide workers around this motorized equipment the visibility that is paramount in preventing struck-by incidents.
Cold Handling and Chemicals
Liquid oxygen and nitrogen are very commonly used in manufacturing in producing important items like medical equipment and other industrial applications. Handling these liquids and objects of these temperatures require gloves and other cryogenic protective clothing that meet a varying amount of standards depending on the object or liquid being handled. The only proper way to safe use of these cold materials and chemicals is with correct cryo PPE. While PPE is the last line of defense in avoiding these potential issues for manufacturing workers, it plays a critical role in workplace safety in preventing fatalities and injuries, avoiding fines or citations, as well as causing harm to a company’s public image.
Liquid oxygen, nitrogen and other preserving gasses and chemicals are used in manufacturing important medical supplies and have other key industrial applications. Handling these gasses and liquids without the use of cryogenic personal protective equipment isn’t possible. The risk of exposure can be prevented with Cryogenic gloves and other PPE.
Cut, Puncture, and Mechanical Injuries
From high powered machinery to handling tools, metal, glass and other sharp objects, manufacturing workers face cut and mechanical hazards of many varieties. Gloves and cut-protective clothing are needed for safety of these workers handling of sharp objects and machinery.
Cut protection is an easy and necessary call when working with sharp tools, carrying abrasive materials or working around equipment that could pierce or puncture. It’s not just hand protection. These objects could lead to a cut, abrasion or puncture anywhere on your body. Cut gloves, cut resistant jackets and other upper or lower body cut protective clothing provides safety from preventable injuries and incidents when using these tools and materials.
The manufacturing industry is versatile and expansive. Workers in these fields face a wide variety of different daily hazards on the job or in a warehouse or shop where PPE is needed for safety.