Mechanical Material Handling: Energy and Fuel Practices

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

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

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with mechanical material handling by implementing these tips:

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

• Install grounding to dissipate the buildup 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 buildup of hydrogen gas

• Adequately ventilate to prevent buildup of hydrogen gas

• Provide adequate eyewash facilities and Personal Protective Equipment when mixing and dispensing acids or other fluids

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