Manufacturing is the production of merchandise for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, such as the automobile, textile or semi-conductor industries.
In general, risks are well identified in manufacturing activities. The safety awareness is often good and workers are more used to wear Personal Protective Equipment(PPE). The challenge for health and safety managers is not only to offer PPE but also to select the most comfortable PPE for long periods of use even with precision activities. The wearers acceptance can be increased using modern, good looking products.
Hazards are multiple and vary depending on the type of manufacturing process but the main risks can be:
- Dust and particles
- Risks related to regular electrical maintenance.
- Toxic particles generated by activities like sanding and painting
- Falling objects and knocks on tools or machines
- Presence of combustible and/or toxic gases and vapours
MSA offers many solutions for protecting regular workers, contractors and visitors with dedicated equipment for specific jobs.
- Respiratory Protection
- Head Protection
- Escape Devices
- Hearing Protection
- Portable Gas Detection
- Eye Protection
- Fall Protection