Your lubrication strategy is directly linked to safety. Have you ever thought about how well you manage safety and your lubrication strategy? In many industrial settings, safety and lubrication programs are considered two separate business processes which are independent of each other. It might be true on the surface, but they’re linked in more ways than you might think.
Manufacturing is one of the most hazardous and dangerous work environments that requires safety and maintenance strategies to ensure equipment reliability. Well-thought-out lubrication strategy can help you minimize several hazards: chemical exposure, machinery interaction, slipping, tripping, fire, etc. This blog post will discuss how optimizing lubrication practices can help you improve safety on your manufacturing floor:
Lubricant Handling, Storage And Safety
When it comes to storing large quantities of industrial fluids, it’s vital to ensure appropriate spill containment in accordance with spill control regulations. However, environmental and safety requirements go beyond storage spill containment. In some industrial facilities, oil leaks are a common phenomenon. Fire and slip are two common hazards that occur from oil leaks. Sparks from nearby equipment can easily ignite the oil spills and cause a fire. To ensure safety against these hazards, you should identify any leakage and clean it up efficiently.
Most mineral-based oils are not harmful. A little bit of mineral-based lubricant on your skin might not have any harmful impact. However, many lubricants and greases are potentially hazardous. Some people may experience a reaction every time they touch certain lubricants. So, it’s critical for your maintenance team to handle lubricants properly using recommended practices. When handling lubricants, your staff must wear protective equipment to cover the vulnerable parts of the body.
The act of physically interacting with equipment involves hazards. For example, taking an oil sample, re-greasing a bearing, inspecting a machine or repairing it due to a lubrication-related issue requires considerable safety measures. From oxygen depletion to cutting, pinching, or failing, operators have to deal with many hazards. When you work towards lubrication excellence, it becomes easy to improve equipment uptime and safety. In other words, better lubrication leads to a better safety culture in manufacturing facilities.
Clutter is another problem that is directly related to lubricant handling, storage, and dispensing. Unstable stacking, absence of necessary signage, and poor lighting are some of the factors that lead to thousands of injuries every year. To avoid clutter, you can take certain steps such as cleaning walking-working surfaces, service rooms, storage facilities, storerooms, etc.
Your lubricant storage spaces must be ergonomic and organized. The use of effective workplace management tools and lubrication storage solutions will help you keep your facility well-organized, safe and clean. Storage organization, leakage control, and preventive maintenance will go a long way to eliminate or reduce the safety risks at your facility.
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