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Manufacturing Output Increase


Increasing manufacturing output is the topic of an interesting article this month in Food Manufacturing Magazine.  The article does a great job of giving practical ways to make production move quicker while still placing important emphasis on the well being of employees.  Phillip Odette suggests four ways to run a smooth efficient operation while still “celebrating the staff.”


OSHA Hazard Identification


Some hazards are pretty obvious; a large puddle in the middle of a work space, a broken ladder rung, an un-even piece of flooring or worn safety tread, all of these dangers may be easy to spot.  What about the hazards that might not be so easy to identify?  How will an employee or manager learn what to look for and how to keep everyone in the facility safe?  OSHA has developed an interactive training “game” to help facilities identify hazards.  This online tool is intended to teach the core process for finding safety risks as well as to raise awareness about the type of information and resources the OSHA website offers.  OSHA makes it very clear on their website that the Hazard Identification Training Tool is for training purposes only and possible citations and violations are not part of the tool.


Plant Construction Survey


Food Engineering Magazine performed their 37th Annual Plant Construction Survey and found that the number of reportable new construction projects was down a bit from 2012.  With a total of 555 projects, down 45 projects from 2012’s 600 reportable projects, the article on the Food Engineering Website speculates several reasons why the number of projects could be down from last year:


Safety Risk Hierarchy


In an article on, David Rebbitt discusses the risks workers and employers are willing to take with safety in the workplace.  The title “Risk Tolerant or Control Deprived”Safety Risk Hierarchy describes the struggle that employees may have when faced with risks that they recognize as a problem but may not have the resources or knowledge available to effectively take care of.  With all the talk of making sure companies have a good safety culture, employees need to be made more aware or given more of an opportunity to eliminate risks.


Human Error Reduction


Human error is an inevitable part of life.  We make errors every day.  Reducing the amount of human error in the work place in order to prevent injury needs to be focused on continuously, especially as workers gain longevity and become more comfortable in the work place.  Tom Harvey spoke at Safety 2014 on how to reduce the frequency and severity of human error.  He provided these suggestions:


Safety Saving Money


We’ve all heard that investing in safety NOW can save money and increase production in the FUTURE, but how much money can actually be saved?  According to an article in Safety and Health Magazine for every $1 spent on prevention a return between $2-$6 can be expected.  While these savings might not be apparent immediately that amount of savings in the long run can be huge!


NSC Slip Trips and Falls


Last week the NSC focused on preventing slips, trips and falls as part of their National Safety Month.  While safety is important everyday, the month of June has been set apart by the NSC as a special time to focus on specific safety tips and education.  The NSC put out these simple instructions on how to prevent a slip and fall accident.


ISO 9001 Revision


It takes hard work, dedication, an organized operation and a high quality standard to have your company certified by ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems.  Companies who have passed the certification process are able to utilize the title, letting suppliers and customers know their high level of standards.  Currently ISO 9001 is undergoing a revision that will be updated by the end of 2015. 


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