10 Ways to Keep Your Industrial Building Safe
If you own an industrial facility, industrial building safety should be at the top of your priority list.
There are all sorts of things you have to take into consideration when it comes to industrial building safety, including, but not limited to:
- Fire protection systems
- Protection from intruders
- Emergency lighting
- Carbon monoxide detectors
To ensure that your industrial building is 100% safe, you must hire an experienced building safety company to equip your facility and keep the people in it safe. Investing time and money into industrial building safety will save you money in the long run by reducing medical and insurance payments, sick leave, a damaged reputation, and more.
Here are ten things to consider when it comes to industrial building safety.
10 Tips for Industrial Building Safety
1. Early Reporting
By reporting safety concerns early, your employees can prevent potential accidents or injuries from occurring. Employees should report anything potentially unsafe to a supervisor or manager so that they can take immediate action.
Create checklists that outline safety and health protocols. The checklists should identify potential hazards as well as products that can be potentially harmful. Types of checklists include:
- Safety inspection form
- Safety hazard observation
- Incident report
- QA Checklist
Creating a checklist reduces the chances of accidents occurring, which helps keep everyone in the facility safe.
Click here for more information on what you should include in your building inspection and fire safety checklist.
3. Create a Culture of Safety
Ensure that your employees understand that your facility does everything it can to be a safe environment. Build a company culture that focuses on safety and ensures that all employees care about safety concerns.
4. Safety Gear
When employees do not wear safety gear while working with specific machinery and toxic materials, they put themselves and fellow employees at risk. Employees should wear safety gear and in any situation, even when cleaning up a mess. Doing this reduces the chances of any injuries or accidents occurring in the workplace.
5. Ensure Proper Training
Proper training prevents workplace injuries. Be sure to train any employee who is using equipment or machinery. Make sure that each employee understands the purpose of the tools they are using.
Every tool should also have regular maintenance and manufacturing instructions.
6. Ensure the Workspace is Clean
A clean and organized workspace can help prevent injuries, slips and falls, and other mishaps resulting in accidents or injuries. Always make sure that all products, materials, and equipment are in working order.
7. Emergency Generators
When a building has a power outage, it can bring everything to a halt, resulting in lost digital information and even loss of income. A power outage can also cause severe health and safety risks, particularly if people need access to medical equipment or any other life-saving electrical equipment. It is critical to have an emergency generator that keeps the power running in these types of situations, even in a power outage.
8. Emergency Lighting
Every industrial building should have emergency lighting. A building’s electricity is bound to go out for one reason or another at some point in time, whether due to a natural disaster, a power outage, or another unforeseen emergency.
Emergency lighting allows people inside of a building to exit the building safely if the electricity goes out. It is essential to have emergency lighting installed to ensure the safety of everyone in a building in the event of an outage.
Learn more about emergency lighting here.
9. Backflow Preventers
Backflow occurs when the water pressure in pipes or fire hydrants drops. When this happens, water flows into the lower pressure areas and contaminates the water, posing a severe health hazard. Backflow prevention devices stop contaminated water from going in the wrong direction in your plumbing system. These devices require an experienced building safety company to complete the proper inspections, installation, and testing.
10. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Known as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that is fatal in large doses. In smaller doses, it can result in severe health problems. It is crucial for an industrial building to ensure that the carbon emission levels in the building are within the safe bracket, which is why it is imperative to hire a building safety company that installs reliable carbon monoxide detectors.
For more information about emergency planning, check out this blog post.
Industrial building safety should be every facility’s top concern. Ensuring that you meet all safety standards will improve an operation’s performance and also save costs by eliminating the possibility of injuries and damages. Our mission is to keep Alberta residents safe by providing building protection with state-of-the-art sprinkler systems, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, protecting them from fires, power outages, intruders, and more.
We provide fire protection, protect homes or commercial facilities from intruders, and install emergency lighting, emergency generators, backflow prevention, and more. Whether you are looking for installation, inspection, or service for your industrial building, we are here to help.