There is a correlation between safety and how well you manage your lubrication strategy. Many companies don’t realize how safety has anything to do with lubrication. Manufacturing is probably the most hazardous and dangerous industry where workers have to deal with hazards on a daily basis. Chemical exposure, slipping, tripping, and machinery interaction are some of the safety hazards that can be avoided through proper lubrication practices. A lubrication safety program must focus on the following elements:
While many lubrication products are non-toxic, there are some lubricants that contain harmful ingredients which can cause injuries if not handled properly. The maintenance personnel who carry out oil handling must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to make their job more safe and easy.
Goggles, gloves, hard hats, and face safety shields are some of the important protective items. During oil sampling, It’s recommended to use a pressure reducer in situations when the oil is above 100 pounds per square inch gauge. Moreover, don’t hold a grease gun coupler in your hand during application.
It’s always better to take preventive measures so that you can resolve the issues before they take place. You must store oils and greases properly as a step towards improved safety and lubrication excellence. Good storage practices will help you avoid leaks, spills, and overuse. For example, the use of a metered filter cart with quick disconnects improves the safety situation at your facility.
It’s important to recheck the equipment after a lubricant filling, drain or changeout. Inspect the equipment for leaks and spills. Debris or dust can cover small spots that may need repair or maintenance. Monitoring equipment and ensuring cleanliness will help you keep the area safe and reduce the chances of injuries.
As a business owner or manager, you should work closely with your maintenance and safety team to review the safety measures. Training plays a vital role when it comes to teaching newcomers about safety programs. Your employees who don’t deal with lubrication processes should also be trained and made aware of the safety plan.
Lubrication maintenance tasks are similar to any other production process at your plant. Keep your facility or plant free of debris and clutter. Use safety signs wherever necessary.
Simply put, small things can make a big difference. From lubricant handling and storage to dispensing, it’s crucial to pay due attention to safety. Setting up site-specific safety guidelines and proper training will help you develop a highly effective safety program.
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