11Recipe for Safety

Recipe for Improving Manufacturing Safety

Both vigorous safety and manufacturing processes are necessary to achieve operational excellence.  Each requires an effective utilization of resources working together for the common goals.  Given this, consider that safety and manufacturing processes should not be exclusive of one another.  Their co-existence and interdependence are foundational to operational excellence. Improving manufacturing safety is worth the...
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11Group of Manufacturing Associates

Do You Have to Choose Between Production and Safety?

Understanding the Relationship Between Production and Safety in the Workplace Why is safety viewed as a competing priority with production in a manufacturing plant, throughput in a distribution center or simply getting things done? If we treat these elements as competing values, then people will respond by prioritizing one thing over the other and making...
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11Safety Hazard

Managing Safety in Process Manufacturing

Risky Processing Activities in Manufacturing All manufacturing processes come with their own unique sets of hazards.  Major hazards common to most industries include: Slips, trips and falls Machine guarding Powered industrial vehicles Electrical hazards Lock Out – Tag Out of equipment Environmental hazards Manufacturing processes must be evaluated for these hazards as well as pinch...
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11heart hands

Importance of a Safety Incident Investigation Procedure and Care Management Process

An incident occurs, a significant near miss or actual injury, and the response is lacking, or even chaotic. Not knowing who calls for assistance, provides immediate care, or begins the investigation process can be frustrating. At worse, lack of adequate response can worsen the incident. A defined, detailed process will increase response certainty, and properly...
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11Associate Safety Training and Education

How to Build a Successful Safety Process

Imagine that you have never sailed a boat. You are asked to sail 500 miles over open seas. Your only training is a four-hour video. Would you be able to complete the journey? Perhaps, but certainly not very likely! Unfortunately, newly hired employees may feel like they have this same experience at your company. At...
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11Safety in Manufacturing Requires a Personal Connection

Why does Safety in Manufacturing Require a Personal Connection?

If we go back 30-35 years and look at the way safety was implemented then, we can say it was not only implemented from the top down but also it was very much scripted. In some ways, learning and interaction were not set to take place together. Learning techniques were far from being highly touchable....
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11Safety PPE

Activities that Promote Awareness of Safety in Manufacturing Plants

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more Safety in manufacturing plants is more than a set of actions, it is a mindset. Most manufacturers have training and education for safety. However, those activities are often relegated to the classroom or computer screen. At Milliken plants a...
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11Associates Talking

Giving Effective Feedback as Part of Manufacturing Safety Training

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more We all thrive on feedback that is the basis for excellent communication and continuous improvement. Two-way communication and interaction are the foundations for engaging with associates at all levels. In Milliken we have learned, both internally and with our...
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11Metrics and Results

Measuring the Right Safety Metrics in Manufacturing

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more Every manufacturing plant has a long list of measures, or key process indicators (KPI). Particularly from a safety perspective, those measures should encourage the proper behavior. At Milliken, our measures are directed to drive ownership, engagement and empowerment from...
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11Manufacturing Plant Floor Meeting

Create Safety Culture through ‘Sacred’ Time and ‘Sacred’ Space

Part of Performance Solutions by Milliken’s manufacturing safety tips series – click here to learn more Building an excellent safety process demands the wise use of resources. In any plant, office, hospital, or other facility, Time and Space are finite, limited, and therefore, precious resources.  When we devote time and space to safety, we elevate...
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