Senior editor Sharon Spielman kicks off a
new column on process safety by outlining
what every processing facility should already
have in place.
Manufacturing can be a dangerous business. This is why several standards exist at local, state and federal levels -- to protect your company, your employees and the surrounding area. There are many rules to follow; this is certain. But, it is important to keep in mind that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local agencies have your company's, your employees' and the surrounding communities' best interests at heart. Sometimes, more than the fear of fines, peace of mind and common sense is needed to get everyone on the safety bandwagon.
Typically, a company-run safety program includes the information needed to answer questions during a safety audit. This information can be kept in a manual that includes a health, safety and environmental commitment statement clearly outlining your company's commitment to safety and environmental protection. This statement should be posted and communicated to all employees, contractors and visitors.