Today we’d like to follow up on safety. June was designated National Safety Month (NSM) by the National Safety Council (NSC). Designating the month of June as such raises awareness of the necessary means to prevent accidents. During NSM, the NSC and organizations throughout the country focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death while we are at home, at work, and on the roads. In the industry, we are all individually responsible for our own safety and, often times, the safety of others.
In a manufacturing setting such as ours, safety has always been a part of our culture. Our Safety Director is in charge of keeping employees informed of safety procedures through regular safety training. One important program is fire safety training. This program makes every worker aware of proper fire procedures–from where and how to exit the building to locations of fire extinguishers. Each employee takes an active part in the training program to ensure that everyone knows what to do in an emergency. Proper training is the best way to prevent injuries and to keep people safe.
Another aspect of job safety is the understanding of how to properly handle hazardous substances used in manufacturing processes. We train employees to be aware of the proper procedures, personal protection equipment to use, and where to find and understand all of the hazard communication information for any substances in the building. We use the guidelines developed by the United Nations, known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This system is a logical and comprehensive approach to identifying, labeling and classifying chemicals. In the U.S. GHS falls under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In our May blog, we explained important terms to know and detailed Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Through GHS, documents we have known as MSDSs are now known simply as an SDS. By standardizing information regarding hazardous substances, it is easier to identify potential dangers and occupational hazards. At Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., we provide all SDSs in the First Aid room and they are maintained by the company’s Safety Director. Moreover, along with providing all of the information for our employees to have a right to understand, we have worked hard to eliminate any chemicals that are carcinogenic to further protect our people.
Summertime is an ideal period to revisit safety programs and procedures to ensure workplace safety as recommended by the NSC. At Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., safety is an important aspect of our workplace every day of the year. Our goal is an accident-free facility and through our diligence and the awareness of our employees, that goal is attainable. Taking safety seriously allows us to continue to work hard for you! Visit www.pss-corp.com for more information.