A factory environment can be one of the most dangerous places to work if health and safety precautions aren’t in place. With so many rules and regulations to follow, it can be hard to work out exactly what you need to do to keep your factory up to code. (Photo source) For a quick guide to factory safety, have a read of our helpful tips below. Reliable training The initial step towards having a safe working environment is educating your workers. Good training is the key to having a factory that is up to code. Take the time to train new staff members on the importance of the rules and regulations that are in place. Explain each rule and why it is important that it should be followed. New employees may not have worked in a factory environment before, and so have no idea of what could be dangerous. Training staff to use the machines and equipment properly is the best way to prevent accidents from happening. If your staff are well trained, they will feel more comfortable operating machinery and will also work better. Process control You need to ensure that new members of staff are aware of the production processes. Some pieces of equipment have to be used in a specific order and if this order isn’t followed they can go wrong. Using the machinery and other equipment properly is vital to keeping your factory safe. For instance, if a member of staff forgets to put the safety guard down when using an electric saw, accidents are bound to happen. Although some pieces of machinery will not work unless all safety precautions are in place, older pieces of equipment may not have the same safety features. So it is important that all staff are aware of how each piece of kit works and what precautions are in place for their safety. Correct clothing A major part of health and safety in the workplace is having staff wearing the proper safety equipment and clothing. For example, if staff are carrying heavy equipment they should have steel capped shoes to protect their feet. In loud environments, staff should be wearing ear defenders so that they reduce their risk of long-term hearing problems. As well as giving staff the correct clothing and safety equipment, you can also find ways to make the environment safer. For instance, instead of using loud air compressors, you could find quiet compressors to invest in. Choose air compressors that can help to improve safety in the workplace, by reducing noise. Take notice of environmental issues Environmental issues can be just as dangerous as machinery. If things like waste products and poisonous emissions aren’t disposed of properly, they can cause long-term problems for the environment. Waste materials that are not disposed of by staff wearing the correct clothing can also cause long terms health problems. So correct disposal of waste is vital. As the owner of the factory, you have a responsibility to dispose of harmful chemicals or waste products in a safe and secure manner. If refuse is not removed properly, you can end up with a fine or even a prison sentence. So it is worth ensuring that your waste is disposed of properly.