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Safety in manufacturing

Safety in manufacturing is a very important component to successful production of goods in any market. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, is the authority who ensures healthy and safe working conditions for working women and men by establishing and enforcing standards and by providing instruction, training and support to the workers. One of the regulations that OSHA requires employers to meet is the Hazard Communication standard. The Hazard communication standard states that every employee has the "right to know", and now with the new GHS the "right to understand" what harmful chemicals they may be exposed to in the workplace. A big part of the Standard is the material safety data sheet that each manufacturer has to supply for each product made.

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Health and safety in the manufacturing industry is stringent to say the least; and for good reason. A factory environment has so many different areas that strict guidelines have to be in place to ensure the safety of all those who enter. If you are in charge of a factory, or are starting work there and want to make sure guidelines are in place, here are our 10 tips for better manufacturing safety in the workplace.

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Steel toe capped boots are shoes should be offered as standard in a factory. A badly broken foot or crushed toes could see you laid up for weeks so make sure everyone is given a pair of this footwear and above all wears them. Yes they are ugly but who cares? You're in a factory where everyone is wearing the same thing.

As an employer, you are directly responsible for the health and safety of your employees while they are currently on duty in their place of work. This includes details such as providing adequate fire protection, safe working environments, reasonable working hours, and sufficient protection from hazards they may face in their line of work. Another significant thing that employers must provide is adequate regulation of on-site food services, such as cafeterias, vending machines, and staff room kitchens. True, you may not be a restaurant, but nevertheless, you could be held liable if inadequate cooking facilities causes illness amongst your staff.

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Food Safety in Manufacturing

Food Safety in Manufacturing

Food Safety in Manufacturing

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Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are two tools for a meat processing facility that help for the production of high quality and safe meat products. The programs established for GMP's and SOP's will provide the basis for other programs the help to assure the level of product quality such as standards for ISO 9000 and for product safety in the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. Many companies like to view these systems as a pyramid (Figure 1.) with the GMP's and SOP's supporting the more advanced program of HACCP and all three programs being important for the ISO 9000 system.

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