Facility Safety: Facility Safety

CleanKeeping buildings, machinery and facilities safe is essential to the success of food processing facilities.

These common scenarios show typical safety hazards found in food processing facilities:

• A painted concrete floor becomes slippery around the mixing and cooking room were ingredients are stored, weighed, mixed and cooled

• A customer walks from the parking lot and trips and falls on loose asphalt

• Racking is installed without being secured to the wall and floor. Damage to a corner post by a forklift causes the racking to tip and collapse.

These and other hazards may exist in your facility. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with facility safety by implementing these tips:

Facility Safety

• Define procedures by which employees promptly report fluid leaks from machinery and containers

• Establish a preventative maintenance schedule for each piece of machinery and critical-use equipment according to manufacturers’ specifications

• Mark paths of travel for forklifts, vehicles and pedestrians throughout the facility

• Install electrical wiring using trained electricians, in accordance with the National Electric Code’s NFPA 70 code

• Avoid congestion or bottlenecks when planning layout and spacing of machinery and equipment

• Store stock supplies a safe distance from machinery and general traffic areas

• Apply an etcher or other commercial floor surface treatment that maintains a safe coefficient of friction (.5 or higher) to ensure painted floors do not create risk of slip and fall injuries. Employees should wear non-permeable, slip-resistant soled shoes to prevent slipping.

• Post Personal Protective Equipment requirements at all production area entrances

• Do not allow employees to smoke, eat or drink in production areas

• Provide adequate lighting

• Assess the building exterior to determine if there is a need for rodent, pest or bird control measures

• Inspect floor coverings at entrances and hallways

• Meet all wiring needs by hardwiring instead of using extension cords

• Mark appropriate clearances around electrical panels, emergency exits, doors and sprinkler equipment

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