Safety Equipment for The Manufacturing Industry
A variety of industries utilize manufacturing facilities and operations to produce goods, conduct research and development, and ensure quality control for their products. The layout of a manufacturing facility can vary depending on the particular products it is designed to produce. However, most manufacturing operations tend to share the same basic operational areas, such as production area or assembly lines, vehicle and equipment wash areas, quality control labs, etc.
In order to protect personnel and assets in manufacturing facilities, it is important to use proper safety equipment in all areas of the operation. According to the Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), manufacturing operations reported high rates of work-related injuries in 2018 and 2019. In fact, the report found that the manufacturing industry accounted for 15 percent of all workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019.
Implementing safety equipment that is designed for particular areas of a manufacturing facility can greatly reduce the risk of injury for personnel. Eagle is the industry leader in workplace safety equipment for industrial, commercial, and public operations. Our equipment is used by facilities all over the world to protect employees and achieve regulatory compliance.
To help you find the equipment that is right for your operation, here is a look at some of the more common areas in a manufacturing facility and an overview of the safety equipment designed to offer protection in those areas.
Material handling products are designed to facilitate the safe loading and unloading of vehicles in loading dock areas. Machine guards can be implemented in these areas to offer collision protection for personnel and assets. Machine guards from Eagle are constructed of schedule 10 steel and feature pre-drilled holes for easy installation.
Bollard posts are also ideal for loading dock areas. These posts can be used to segregate employee walking areas from vehicles and forklifts to help prevent collisions. Walk, rack, and corner guards can also be used in loading dock areas to protect equipment and structures from vehicle impact. Material handling products from Eagle incorporate a high-visibility design that will maximize awareness in loading docks and receiving areas.
Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Wash
For vehicle wash areas in a manufacturing facility, vehicle clearance bars can help prevent damage to structures during vehicle and equipment washdown. Clearance bars feature a high-visibility design that makes them easy to identify. Track mats and spill containment berms are also ideal for washdown areas. Track mats are designed to enable vehicles to enter berms or wash areas easily, and spill containment berms will prevent washdown fluids from escaping into drains or waterways.
Production Assembly Line
For production areas, plastic barrel drums are designed to contain dangerous substances in high-traffic environments safely. Eagle offers a wide variety of plastic barrel drums ranging from 14- to 95-gallons. The high-density polyethylene construction of these drums makes them ideal for storing hazardous materials used in the manufacturing industry.
Drum storage cabinets from Eagle are also available for production areas. Safety cabinets are designed to store one or two drums in a horizontal or vertical orientation. Drum storage products—such as hand trucks, dollies, drum covers, and spill pallets—will enable personnel in production areas to safely move and store drums containing chemicals or other materials.
Quality Control Lab
For quality control laboratories, Eagle offers a wide range of products designed to facilitate the safe handling of dangerous substances. Drum funnels will provide an easy-to-use filling mechanism for laboratory workers.
The drum stacking system from Eagle will enable personnel to stack drums horizontally in compliance with EPA regulations. Drum workstations are also ideal for these areas. Workstations are designed to provide reliable storage and easy access during quality control procedures.
Research and Development
Flammable liquid and corrosive safety cabinets can be placed in research and development areas to store chemicals and hazardous liquids safely. Safety cabinets from Eagle feature a durable 18-gauge steel construction and are available in a variety of sizes and orientations. Wall-mounted safety cabinets are ideal for maximizing the usable space in confined work areas.
For waste disposal areas in a manufacturing facility, waste disposal carts can help facilitate the safe transportation of dangerous items. Waste carts from Eagle feature an HDPE construction that will not dent or rust. These carts also incorporate an ergonomically designed handle that provides maximum maneuverability and comfort.
Maintenance and Housekeeping
For maintenance areas, spill pallet ramps, shipping container ramps, and drum ramps can help workers transport heavy or awkwardly shaped containers. Eagle delineator posts are also ideal for maintenance areas. Lightweight and portable, these HDPE posts are used to warn, guide and define specific boundaries, alerting pedestrians and employees to slipping hazards in high-traffic areas.
Oil absorbent pads and blankets can be kept in fuel storage areas of a manufacturing facility to assist with cleanup and spill control. Oil pads and blankets are designed to safely retain excess fuel, such as oil, diesel, or gasoline, which will help foster compliance with EPA regulations. Drain cover and leak diverters are also ideal for these areas. Drain covers and leak diverters will prevent dangerous contaminants from escaping into drains or navigable waterways.
Find the Safety Equipment that is Right for You
Safety equipment from Eagle is designed to help create a safe working environment for employees and assets. Additionally, our products are engineered to enable manufacturing operations to achieve regulatory compliance with OSHA and NFPA requirements. Take a look at our extensive inventory of workplace safety equipment and find the products that are right for your manufacturing facility.