Lean manufacturing is not about “less,” it is about efficiency and continuous improvement-- it seeks to produce excellence by focusing on highly effective activities and removing the ones that do not add value.
The manufacturing industry has made big strides in improving the safety and well-being of its workers over the last few years, but there are always improvements to be made. As with just about every other industry, however, these manufacturers are constantly trying to cut costs and streamline operations with lean manufacturing practices.
Fortunately, the right EHS software can help managers accomplish both of these goals. With a little extra effort and investment in the right software upfront, manufacturers can reap long-term rewards: fewer incidents, lower injury/illness related costs and a healthier, more productive workforce. Here are a few of the most important ways EHS software can help manufacturers prepare for their biggest safety hazards.
OSHA has long maintained a standard for the control of hazardous energy, commonly referred to as lockout tagout or LOTO. The most recent version of this standard is the often referenced 1910.147, originally published in 1989 and last revised in 2002. For most companies maintaining heavy, hazardous electrical equipment, this document is the final word on safe practices, employee training and regulatory compliance.
Most safety manager have a lot of data to work with. Although it may be cumbersome, this data is the key to learning how much return you are getting by investing in safety.
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Between job site hazards, budgetary pressures and ever-changing OSHA regulations, a safety manager’s job is anything but easy. Whether you’re a one-employee team or the head of a major safety initiative, there are always more plates to spin, more people to please and more fires to put out.
That said, there are certainly easier and harder ways to do the job. A handful of best practices and helpful tools can make most safety-related tasks more manageable. To see which of these measures may benefit you, consider the following seven things you don’t want to do — practices that could be making environmental health and safety (EHS) at your company far more difficult than it needs to be.