Vegan food processing and manufacturing facilities are no strangers to risk. The unique challenges these professionals face – such as equipment handling, slippery work surfaces, and working in confined spaces – pose some significant risks for this industry, and taking the proper precautions to safeguard their operation and their employees is a top priority. Therefore, in addition to equipping your facility with a comprehensive Vegan Manufacturing Insurance Program, heed the following advice to prevent injuries on the job and, ultimately, improve your bottom line.
According to Food Manufacturing, food processing plants, more so than other manufacturing facilities, contain unique hazards in everyday operations, such as working in confined spaces and around wet floors, moving heavy materials, using highly automated equipment, and working with and around harsh chemicals. Here are some common injuries that your facility likely faces.
Slips and falls.
These injuries are prevalent due to using production equipment for vegan goods that requires water or liquid to operate and handling raw materials. Prevent these injuries by implementing proper housekeeping services and management oversight of production.
Equipment operation risks.
Equipment hazards include sharp knives and blades, potential pinch points from moving machinery, and blenders and augers that can potentially pull employees into the machine. To mitigate lockout-tagout risk, meet OSHA compliance, and protect employees from equipment hazards, food manufacturers must create a comprehensive, sustainable lockout-tagout program, explains the article.
Many vegan food manufacturing plants often use solutions to clean and sanitize the work spaces. While vegan operations do not use many of the harsh chemical culprits that other factories utilize, safe handling of these cleaning agents and proper sanitation is a must.
These procedures should be specific to the machine and include step-by-step directions for any employee who needs to operate it. This will prevent unnecessary injuries and ensure you are abiding by OSHA standards. Further, these instructions should be multilingual to reflect today’s global workforce. Training on operating the machinery should be conducted prior to each employee’s first day on the job, as well.
Any supplier, provider, or customer should be given a time-sensitive visitor’s pass to prevent overstaying and each should be tracked and monitored. Next, employees should be badged with photo ID cards to uphold best practices and prevent anyone from accessing areas where they are not permitted.
About Vegan & Animal Professionals Insurance Agency (VAPI)
Safe employees ensure quality goods are being produced. With these simple safety measures, your vegan manufacturing facility can sidestep and costly and devastating injuries. At Vegan & Animal Professionals Insurance Agency (VAPI), we support manufacturing facilities that strive to produce and supply quality and ethical foods to the table for ages. We bring our insurance expertise and personal vegan lifestyle to help safeguard your operation from the risks one faces when running a business. For more information, contact us today at (866) 599-8182.