The importance of proper tools needed to prevent the spread of germs

Workplace safeguarding encompasses a lot of critical areas, but one that has increased in recognition due to COVID-19 is spreading of germs. It can be easy to forget about proper hygiene because germs are not visible to the naked eye.

Proper workplace safety measures must be put in place to ensure adherence to sanitation measures. Washing hands and using sanitizers is one of the best ways to prevent germs from spreading and leading to sickness and infection. These microorganisms are too small to see and infect humans and animals.

“Safety first”, “Safety is top priority”, “Employees are our greatest assets”, these are all phrases that sometimes loses traction in this busy and distracting world. In effort to overcome this, one step is to create a Pandemic Protection Protocol. This plan or program requires putting together workplace safeguarding measures which includes hygiene products, screening checkpoints & questionnaires, enhanced cleaning schedules, and training documents. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide the tools to their workers, teach them how to use them, and perform routine audits to make sure the systems are being followed.

Once a program is documented, then assets need to be put in place such as hand washing basins, sanitizing equipment like the patent pending Universal PumpMaster 2020, disinfecting wipes, and UV sterilizers. When searching, try to refine your focus to any hands-free type devices to reduce touch contamination. These types of products, while they are specialized pieces of equipment, will speed up routine disinfecting schedules and minimizing the opportunity for cross contamination reducing germs and the chance to contract viruses.

All aspects of safety require constant attention. Companies need to make sure momentary lapse does not take over due to the invisibility of a given hazard. The opportunity for catastrophic consequences is very present, but the tools are out there to ensure proper hygiene methods are kept relevant. These tools will provide a safer work environment for the current and future generations helping them get home safe to their family and friends every day.

Authored and published by Shawn Mantel, Owner / Operator at PowerSafe Automation

Shawn Mantel is the owner and author of the @powersafeautomation blog posts, where he helps to educate and spark ideas with workers on how to improve workplace safety through turnkey safety guarding solutions.

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PowerSafe Automation is a turnkey solutions provider for your Machine Safety & Automation application needs. Focused on custom design, fabrication, and nationwide installation including electrical integration we understand time is a highly valued commodity. Elevating commodity products with premium value solutions offered by PowerSafe Automation helps make the process as seamless as possible. Primary applications include modular machine guarding, consumer products guarding, protective safety shields, palletizing safety systems, robotic safety guarding, industrial sound enclosures, steel fencing machine guarding, power transmission guards, hazardous chemical enclosures, safety fence and security gates, and machine tool safety guards, which includes all electronic safety devices and custom integrated systems. Our mission is to provide a safer working environment for team members thru innovative turnkey solutions. From single manufacturing facilities to Fortune 500 companies with multiple locations offering turnkey safety guarding projects, we pride ourselves in helping lower the statistic of Machine Guarding Methods Standard 1910.212 being the 8th most-cited OSHA violation.

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