Economies all over the world are ramping back up. It would be extremely premature to say that the pandemic is over, but even COVID-19 can’t keep the wheels of production still for long. The question is, can frontline workers in essential industries, like manufacturing, return to work with confidence?
In the past several decades, the size of industrial systems and the technology that grows alongside it has, naturally, expanded. Alongside it, though, the hazardous factors that cause major accidents — like unstable conditions and behavior — have become even more complex, thereby expanding in a similar vein at a breakneck speed.
Manufacturing employees, especially those who work on the line, have a high risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus simply due to the nature of the job. Firstly, the distance between workers on assembly and production lines is often minimal.
Manufacturing often finds itself up against challenges and pressures other industries do not. From a relatively strict regulatory environment to public health emergencies, global competition, emergent technologies and potential labor shortages, the manufacturing sector is always rolling with the punches and looking for avenues toward leaner operations and higher fortunes.
Every day, workers of the world head to their jobs fully expecting to return home in the same condition that they left. This is made possible when companies put the security of their workforce as the first priority.
The need and requirements to conduct a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) has increased over the last several years, partially due to the insurance carriers, permitting agencies, and corporate offices requiring facilities and companies to follow governing standards.
How one packaging company handled the global crisis
May 21, 2020
In January, global packaging company Amcor was hearing reports of a coronavirus spreading in China, where it has six manufacturing sites. In February, Amcor activated its Global Crisis Response team. Amcor’s VP EHS, Jim Keith, shares what the packaging leader has learned so far from managing through a global pandemic.
Maintaining efficiency with a limited or restricted workforce has never been more paramount. With the widespread impact of COVID-19, many companies have temporarily closed their doors or made changes for personal safety, including employees working from home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.