Mechanical Material Handling: Energy and Fuel Practices

Fuel PracticesTo prevent repetitive motion or strain-related injuries, the use of mechanical equipment is preferred over manual handling.

Mechanical material-handling demands in today’s plastics and rubber goods processing facilities are very diverse, but typically include lifting and handling raw materials, in-process components and finished products.

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with mechanical material handling by implementing these tips for plastics and rubber goods processors:

Energy and Fuel Practices

• Complete and file an air-sampling survey for Carbon Monoxide, if forklifts are diesel, gasoline or LP-powered

• Ensure that fuel dispensing stations or LP tank racks are properly secured and protected against accidental collision

• Install grounding to dissipate the build-up of static electrical charges as potential ignition sources near gasoline, diesel or LP dispensing stations

• Prominently post and enforce a no smoking policy

• Always trickle-charge batteries when possible, to minimize build-up of hydrogen gas

• Adequately ventilate to prevent build-up of hydrogen gas

• Provide adequate eyewash facilities and personal protective equipment when mixing and dispensing acids or other fluids

Sling Safety

• Assess expected uses for slings and select the type most appropriate for the environment

• Maintain an inventory of slings to allow work to be accomplished without delay

• Visually inspect all connector systems

• Tag each sling with an identifier that includes maximum capacity

• Train operators in safe rigging techniques

To prevent repetitive motion or strain-related injuries, the use of mechanical equipment is preferred over manual handling.

Mechanical material-handling demands in today’s plastics and rubber goods processing facilities are very diverse, but typically include lifting and handling raw materials, in-process components and finished products.

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with mechanical material handling by implementing these tips for plastics and rubber goods processors:

Energy and Fuel Practices

• Complete and file an air-sampling survey for Carbon Monoxide, if forklifts are diesel, gasoline or LP-powered

• Ensure that fuel dispensing stations or LP tank racks are properly secured and protected against accidental collision

• Install grounding to dissipate the build-up of static electrical charges as potential ignition sources near gasoline, diesel or LP dispensing stations

• Prominently post and enforce a no smoking policy

• Always trickle-charge batteries when possible, to minimize build-up of hydrogen gas

• Adequately ventilate to prevent build-up of hydrogen gas

• Provide adequate eyewash facilities and personal protective equipment when mixing and dispensing acids or other fluids

Sling Safety

• Assess expected uses for slings and select the type most appropriate for the environment

• Maintain an inventory of slings to allow work to be accomplished without delay

• Visually inspect all connector systems

• Tag each sling with an identifier that includes maximum capacity

• Train operators in safe rigging techniques

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