If you're going to be working in the glass industry, you might think that the only thing you need to worry about is the heat. Unfortunately, that's not actually true. While glass factories do tend to be on the warm side, and glass does need to be heated to the molten stage during the manufacturing process, heat isn't the only risk factor. This is particularly true if you're going to be operating an automatic glass unloading machine. This type of machinery requires special safety precautions. Here are four precautions that will help you ensure on-the-job safety with your new job.
Don't Leave Any Loose Ends
Your automatic glass unloading machine has many moving parts. All of them have the ability to grasp onto loose objects. Unfortunately, if you're wearing loose clothing, you could end up at risk for serious injuries. While you're working with the automatic loading and unloading machines, never wear loose clothing of any kind. Always ensure that your shirts are tucked into your pants and that your belt is secured around your waist. It's also important that you avoid wearing jewelry of any kind, especially the kind that could get caught in your machinery. If you have long hair, make sure it's secured in a ponytail, or in a hair net.
Always Protect Your Eyes
When you're working with glass, it's important that you protect your eyes. You never know when a splinter or shard of glass is going to come loose and land in your eyes. Not only that, but it's not uncommon for glass to shatter while it's being loaded and unloaded. The best way to prevent devastating eye injuries is to wear protective eyewear at all times.
Safety Shouldn't Stop at Your Neck
You might think that you'll be adequately protected once you've got your eyes covered. However, safety shouldn't stop at your neck. You'll also need to worry about your hands and your feet. To protect your hands from severe cuts, always wear protective gloves when working with the glass. To prevent crushing injuries to your feet, as well as to prevent slip and fall injuries, you should always wear steel-toed, slip resistant work boots whenever on the factory floor.
Always Inspect Your Machine Prior to Operation
Finally, the most important safety procedure you can follow is to always inspect your loading or unloading machine prior to operation. Inspecting your equipment prior to working, will help you avoid traumatic work injuries.
For more information, contact a business such as Ameracan Equipment.
Hi, my name is Lewis McKinley and this is a blog about the safety of industrial equipment and supplies. When working with industrial equipment, employees must implement all safety measures to ensure they stay safe at all times. When I was growing up, my dad was a safety inspector, so my siblings and I were always reminded about safety and he taught us how to stay safe no matter what we were doing. Since I learned about safety at a young age, I always make sure that safety is a priority in everything I do. I enjoy doing research about safety and I keep up with changes in safety regulations for many industries. I hope that after you read my blog, you'll learn measures that you can take to remain safe around industrial equipment and supplies.