Workplace Safety

Ergonomics was the buzzword just before the internet age, but the concept was understood long before the word became common. It’s all about the human interface; everything in a system should be set up to work well with the operator(s). 

  • Everything that an operator needs should be within easy reach. 
  • Efficient use of floor space, which tend to fit in with the ‘easy reach’ idea.
  • If everything is set out well then there is less reason to move about, meaning fewer opportunities for accidents.
  • Set up the use of the space and the organization of the company to encourage easy, streamline flow. 
  • Arrange department in a useful way, so that their resources are near at hand. This saves time and money spend moving materials. This also reduces the opportunities for accidents.
  • Avoid situations where materials are stored outside. This will cause safety problems in bad weather.
  • Change habits and protocols when needed, when modifying and expanding the business. If the building layout changes then safety procedures should change accordingly. Don’t just stick to the procedure that worked a few years ago.
  • Good ventilation is essential for dealing with any fumes.
  • Good lighting is essential. Multiple lights positioned high are preferable. The lighting should be even with no bright spots. The lighting situation should be adequate even if some lights are non-operational. 
  • Reflective materials should be used to mark step, barricades and anything dangerous. See Dot-C2 and Ece 104 standards.
  • Moving vehicles, such as forklifts, require flashing lights and reflective materials. Look for safety requirements for each specific vehicle.

A neatly running operation tends to be safer, though we should not fall into the trap of becoming complacent.