Facility Safety: Exterior 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:

Exterior Safety

• Make sure the entrances to storage silos are posted as a “permit-required confined space.” Secure entrances to prevent unauthorized entry.

• If storage silos are located in an area of the parking lot that receives regular vehicle traffic, install barriers to prevent damage

• Consider the impact of rain, ice or snow runoff around buildings and in the parking lots

• Keep customer parking areas separate from employee parking

• Use signage to direct visitors, customers, employees and truck drivers to appropriate entrances and exits

• Secure any exterior yard areas via locked fencing and perimeter lighting. Remove trees, poles and snowbanks that could allow an intruder to pass over the fence. Post secured areas with “Danger – No Trespassing” signs.

• Store valuable or weather-sensitive inventory or stock in a protected and secured location

• Provide perimeter protection to prevent unauthorized access of facility railroad spurs. When a railcar is spotted, place a dock plate between the building and the car and rail chocks before loading or unloading. Use wheel locks to prevent railcar movement.

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