3 Tips to Reduce Hand Injuries in Food Manufacturing
In any industry, worker safety is important but in food manufacturing, it can be critical.
From errant blades, heavy machinery and general improper handling of hazardous equipment, those working in the industry are at a much higher risk for hand injuries or even potential amputations.
According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in comparison to their peers, the average number of injuries for those in the food manufacturing industry increases by almost 60% when in the working environment.
Safety should never be a last resort. Here are some tips on reducing injuries in the food manufacturing industry.
#3: Protecting Your Hands: What Do You Need In A Food Service Glove?
A key part of many workplace safety programs is all about utilizing the right PPE. For those in food manufacturing, this is doubly true.
Depending on specific workplace conditions, hazards, regulations or personal responsibilities, a variety of gloves may be needed to succeed in the workplace.
Unsure on what you or your employees need?
Here are a few things to consider:
- Is your glove CFIA (Canadian) or FDA (American) certified and approved for safe food handling?
- Is there a risk of cut, puncture or wet conditions in your workplace?
- What levels of cut resistance will you be dealing with?
- Will your gloves need to be washed?
These questions might seem obvious but by going through the process and eliminating unnecessary risk, you can limit the effects of a serious injury or prevent it entirely.
If you’re curious about the options available for food manufacturing and processing gloves, make sure to check out our current selection.
#2: What Safety Risks Do Those in Food Manufacturing Face?
Outside of equipping them with effective PPE, it helps to know what specific hazards your workers might be facing during their day-to-day.
Specific to the food manufacturing industry, improper ergonomics can play a big part in worker injuries.
Swelling, by way of repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, is often brought on by overexertion when using knives or other small hand tools.
Conducting regular safety audits can help stop workplace accidents before they happen.
To identify the most glaring injury risks, it helps to follow a set of guidelines:
- Look for patterns or trends of injuries within the company: What are the leading causes for lost time or decreased performance?
- Take the time to understand and learn the types of injuries that employees experience: What type of behaviors and tasks lead to these injuries?
- Work to identify the potential sources of these hazards and conduct audits on a regular basis to determine the effectiveness of current strategies, policies and PPE.
If you need help with this type of assessment, or simply don’t know where to start, we can help.
#1: What Is Your Safety Culture?
A great way to reduce risky behavior is by addressing your workplace safety culture.
Every employee, regardless of their position, is responsible for helping to establish a consistent, “safety-first” mentality throughout the workplace.
Not only will it assist in helping create a sense of team unity, a company-wide commitment to safety can also help create a healthy and safe work environment.
Above all else, prioritizing safety in food manufacturing can help nurture an open dialogue for continuous improvement while allowing the workplace to operate at its most efficient and effective.
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