If you are in a supervisory position in a manufacturing plant that has sewing stations, you probably know how important it is to keep your employees safe. By nature, a sewing station can be dangerous, but following these important safety tips can help you prevent injuries.
1. Require Pins to Be Kept in Pin Cushions
It can be easy for employees to get in the habit of leaving push pins lying around or holding them in their mouths while they are sewing. However, these seemingly harmless habits can be quite dangerous. Make sure that there are ample push pins kept in the area for employees, and require that employees use them.
2. Ask That Scissors Be Stored Properly
Scissors can also be dangerous if they are not stored properly. They should always be kept closed and sheathed when they are not in use, even if an employee plans on picking them back up and using them right after putting them down. You should also make sure that scissors have comfortable safety handles in bright colors, making them easier to be seen.
3. Require Safe Work Clothing
If your workers are not dressed properly when they are working with your sewing machines, they could run the risk of their clothing getting caught in a sewing machine and causing an accident. Ask that employees wear clothing that is not too loose fitting, since loose clothing can be more likely to get caught in a sewing machine without the worker even realizing it. Also, require that shirts be tucked in, and ask employees not to wear necklaces, bracelets or other jewelry that could get caught in the machinery.
4. Schedule Daily Clean-Ups
After each shift, employees should clean up their work area by putting away any unused cloth and materials, ensuring that all scissors, push pins and other potentially hazardous items have been put away and sweeping up their work area. Along with helping to prevent injuries, this can also help ensure that the work station looks nice and is conducive for an efficient, organized work day.
As you can see, there are a few safety tips that you should consider when it comes to your manufacturing plant's sewing stations. If you remember these four tips and implement them within your plant, you can help ensure that neither you nor any of your employees gets hurt while on the job and can help ensure that employees can get the job done as easily as possible.