By Mike Nelms, Induron Production Manager
Can you be safe AND efficient? Sure you can, if you practice safety and efficiency in the correct fashion.
Have you ever heard someone in your facility say, “If you put a guard on that, it will slow me down.”? We’re all looking to be more efficient in our daily tasks, but safety is paramount. The key in a situation like this is to ensure you’re installing the RIGHT type of guard for the process being performed, the ergonomics and the machine type itself. If you do this, safety and efficiency can live in harmony.
There are gains to be made in both safety and efficiency everywhere we look. Take a look around your facility and consider the following:
- Are raw materials stored as near as possible to the manufacturing area where they are used?
- Are your forklifts and other material handling equipment sized correctly for the job?
- Have you reduced double- or even triple-handling of raw materials and finished goods throughout your facility?
- Are all required work station items available there?
- Are your housekeeping habits as good as they should be?
- Are expendable tools and supplies controlled properly and readily available?
- Do you have a preventive maintenance program? Is it as effective as you want it to be?
- Do you keep critical spare parts readily available to keep machinery on-line?
- Are your warehouse operations orderly to reduce handling, packaging and shipping costs?
- Have you reduced manual lifting and carrying as much as reasonably possible?
- Do you have adequate lighting throughout your facility to perform the required tasks?
- Are your employees adequately trained to safely and efficiently perform the duties required?
If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, it may be time to reevaluate your practices. Take some time today to really look at your facility and operations, and make changes to maximize your safety AND efficiency.
By Jeff White, Induron Sales Manager
Coatings technologies turn up in some pretty amazing places, including in applications to protect our military. The newest innovation is in camouflage face paint. Every soldier has used it, from the government-issue sticks that felt like sandpaper on your face to the easier-on-your-skin “camo compact” that looks like your wife’s makeup kit – only in browns, black and greens.
Now researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have developed a face paint that provides protection from intense bursts of heat – a situation that often faces our service members when they’re in the vicinity of an IED detonation. This technology looks like a big step towards protecting our service members from future burns from IED explosions. Additionally, it has applications for another group of heroes – firefighters and emergency responders. Continue reading
A high-rise building under construction in China - all the scaffolding appeared to be made of bamboo.
It’s really pretty hard for me to believe.
Here in the United States, we pride ourselves on safety. At Induron, we have monthly meetings taught by outside professionals on a whole host of safety topics – fire safety, safe practices for lifting with overhead cranes, proper use of respirators, and many, many more. We have regular fire drills, just like my kids do in elementary school! Our government helps reinforce our commitment to safety through OSHA, a federal agency that is becoming even more vigilant in its enforcement of safety rules and regulations. Some in our industry believe recent enforcement actions have stepped over the lines. But you wouldn’t think that industries in this country were in any way lacking in safety practices and oversights, because of agencies like OSHA, educational & training policies like Induron’s, and the industy’s overall improving safety record. Continue reading
By Jeff White, Induron Sales Manager
Man, my head is spinning. Just as we all think we’ve figured out how to read an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet), the game is about to change.
In 1983, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its Hazard Communication (HazCom) regulation, which required an MSDS for every potentially hazardous material. It is now a generally accepted practice that MSDSs are reviewed and on-site as a part of every job. And we in the coatings industry and many other industries are better for it. Continue reading
Sales Executive (MO, IL, NE & IA), Induron Protective Coatings
For over 30 years, Bazan Painting Company in St. Louis has been an industrial contractor. One of their niche markets where they have enjoyed success is the painting of new and existing swimming pools. Continue reading
by Davies Hood
Executive VP, Induron Coatings
As the world becomes a continually “greener” place, the industrial coatings market better get on the bus or get left behind. Emerging technologies are proving that lower and zero VOC coatings can perform as well as or even better than their solvent-born predecessors. Continue reading
As an executive in the industrial paint manufacturing business, safety is a topic that is consistently on my mind. Heavy equipment, flammables and hazardous materials are run-of-the-mill for me & the employees here at Induron. Likewise our customers in the construction and manufacturing industries deal with safety day-in and day-out. If we didn’t do a good job Continue reading