A good working environment is something that all factory managers should provide to their employees. If working conditions are sub-par or below the industry standard, this can lead to a boatload of problems further down the line, from employee distress to even potential lawsuits.
Naturally, this is something you won’t want to happen, which is why it’s so important to improve the working conditions in your factory year-on-year. Some of the key areas you should be focused on are:
- Injury hazards
- Drinking water supply
So, how can you provide your assemblers, handlers, machinists, and other factory staff with a working environment that will allow them to be happy and flourish? It’s time to take a closer look at 5 easy ways you can do this.
1. Use Mancoolers
Mobile Mancoolers are excellent fans that can be used to circulate air inside factories. Additionally, they can be used to evacuate smoke and fumes from the surrounding environment, which creates much healthier working conditions for floor employees. Depending on the size and scale of your factory, you might want to install multiple mancoolers, which is a common practice in the industry.
2. Provide Workers with High-Quality PPE
High-quality PPE (personal protective equipment) should be provided to all of your factory employees during shifts. Depending on an employee’s specific job, different PPE will need to be provided. For example, many of your employees will likely need helmets, goggles, and protective clothing. Without the correct PPE, they will be more exposed to injuries and potential harm.
3. Allow Plenty of Breaks
In recent years, there has been plenty of controversy surrounding factory work and breaks. Many global companies have been accused of not allowing their workers to go on bathroom breaks at certain times during the day (or have any breaks at all), which has led to lots of negative coverage in the news as well as lawsuits. To avoid the same thing happening to your factory, you need to allow employees to have plenty of breaks during the day when they need them, from bathroom breaks to lunch breaks. Otherwise, they will be at risk of higher levels of stress.
4. Provide Drinking Water
It’s also essential to provide workers with drinking water. Usually, most factories do this by installing numerous water dispensers throughout the different floors. This way, workers can get fresh water during their breaks or when they feel dehydrated. All employers have a large responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees, and this includes hydration.
5. Conduct Regular Workplace Inspections
Lastly, make sure to conduct regular workplace inspections. Doing this will enable management to quickly identify potential hazards that are putting their employees at risk. After being identified, the hazards can then be eliminated before an injuries or fatalities take place. Ideally, these inspections should be done at least a few times a year. Some factories even conduct them bi-monthly to keep their factories extra safe and remain confident that they are doing everything possible to still run a smooth operation.