10 Safety Hazards for Facilities

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An informative look at the most common hazards facility workers face.

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10 Safety Hazards for Facilities

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Lack of Evacuation Plan In times of emergencies, not everyone will be able to think clearly, which is why having a mapped out evacuation plan is so important. Many large facilities are required to post 5s wall signs at key points in the building, so that those attempting to evacuate can find their way out no matter which exit is closest.

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Blocked Exits According to today’s fire codes, all building exits should be kept clear. This way, in case of fire or other emergency, people can be evacuated as safely and quickly as possible.

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Cleaning Products Many of the products used to c lean large facilities use t oxic chemicals and create h azardous fumes. It’s best to use a mask w hen using these in t ight spaces.

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High Storage Facilities often stack high to save space, but this can lead to dangerous working conditions. In case of earthquakes, there is a higher likelihood of a product fall, and during fires, the sprinklers will be blocked.

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Solvent Fumes Facilities large and small need solvents of some kind. Even kids use them for craft projects at school. Their fumes can be very dangerous though. These types of chemicals should be used in an aerated room and stored in mildly cool temperatures.

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Inaccessible Electrical Whether it’s an outlet, power strip, or fuse box, it should be easily accessible with plenty of clearance. A fuse box should have at least 32 inches of clearance.

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COMBUSTIBLE Combustible Materials Working with combustible materials means posting warning signs about the fire danger in many prominent places. Be sure to reduce the amount of combustible material in your facility to a minimum. This could be paperwork, fabrics, wall coverings, etc. Walls should be 80% clear of décor and other coverings.

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Clutter Although you may not always have time to organize, it’s important to keep clutter off the floor and out of the aisles. Not only will this make your facility more safe but also more efficient.

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Out of Date Training Regulations for facilities are changing all the time, so if you don’t stay up on them, you could be violating safety codes. Upon learning any new safety information, be sure to share it with your team as soon as possible.

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Safety Indicators No matter what kind of facility You run, it’s imperative to Consider safety your number one Priority. In order to do this, you need to use safety indicators like wall signs, floor tape , and floor signs to warn people about hidden dangers and to direct them to safety in case of emergency.

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