Facility Safety: Facility Safety

Sentry Insurance Facility SafetyKeeping buildings, machinery and premises safe is essential to the success of printing facilities.

These common scenarios show typical safety hazards found in printing facilities:

• A painted concrete floor becomes very slippery around a recycling baler where paper dust is generated
• 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. 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. Follow these tips to help reduce risk of injury associated with facility safety:

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 and premises 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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