With any facility, there are 3 “S’s” to consider for its efficiency. Those are: Safety, Security, and Separation. If you’re a plant manager, safety specialist, or a similar role, you may think about these words often. They have a direct impact on your policies, logistics, human resources, your equipment, and more.
At WireCrafters, we are passionate about helping you to achieve high standards in safety, security, and separation. Through this material, you’ll gain greater understanding of the value of each S as well as how our products rank for them. We also offer general tips you can utilize in your facility immediately.
The ROI of Safety, Security, and Separation
Investing time and resources in the products and practices needed to achieve the 3 “S’s” is not only the right thing to do, it can also produce business growth and higher profits. If you don’t invest, you will experience loss.
When tools are lost or stolen, it’s a huge loss of time and money for your business. When a workplace isn’t safe and your employees experience injury, it’s not only an expensive liability, but it has a negative impact on the morale of your workforce.
It’s not hard to see the obvious return on any investment you make in safety, security, and separation. When you have the right products to organize your facility, your business runs smoother. The more efficient your operations are the more efficient your employees should be, which should also boost production and consequently boost profit.
Defining the 3 "S's"
In your workplace, you may be continually working to maintain compliance. In our world, safety has certainly become a front burner issue. Whether it’s an OSHA regulation or for the care of your employees, you need the right resources to enforce the best safety practices. For us and our products, it’s about the BEST way to keep people safe from the harm machines can cause and to keep machines safe from the damage people and other equipment can cause.
It’s not just about surveillance. Security in the workplace means the right way to store your workplace valuables and to be sure the right people have the right access. It may involve securing your data, records, technology, or any other resource. We have in-depth experience helping businesses provide security unique to their business and industry.
With boundaries, we actually have more freedom to operate and create, because the order brings opportunity. Order is another way to think about separation. It also involves good organization in the placement and storage of tools, equipment, materials, and other resources. Everything should be in its proper place with the proper amount of space. This is very important for the safety of people. Certain people and items should work together while others should never co-mingle.
General Safety, Security, and Separation Tips
Always know what to do in different emergency situations. Develop emergency action plans. Make sure employees know exit routes and a predetermined assembly area in the event of an evacuation. Your operations team can accomplish this; however, a safety consultant is also highly recommended.
Take training seriously. Regular safety training will be an important and ongoing process. Put the right people in place who are responsible for these trainings and create ways for each employee to enforce safety practices. Always proactively and routinely remind teams of policies and procedures.
Ensure every employee reports any fire hazards to management.
Consider installing mirrors and warning signs in key areas to help with blind spots in an active plant. This can also discourage criminal intent.
Consider bringing in security experts who lead training seminars for employees to understand best practices on how to conduct themselves throughout the plant and how to handle their valuables. Your business may qualify for discounts in liability insurance because of these types of trainings.
Keep clutter at bay. Disorganized workspaces cause ergonomic issues, mental distraction, and greater chance of injury, which is not great for your team. It is also a huge contributor to time loss and a hindrance to productivity when items cannot be located immediately. Every tool –even the smallest ones– should have a storage place or a home base. And it should be part of your work culture for every employee to return their tools to their storage immediately after they are done using them.
Dispose of materials that are no longer usable.
Use good lighting around all work stations, as well as isolated or high risk areas. Use automatic lights after dark. Routinely check all your lighting for broken bulbs.
These wire mesh panels bolt directly to the back of your existing pallet rack uprights to create a sturdy barrier between stored items and the ground below.