Cabinets to Keep PPE Safe & Secure

If you are returning to work, there is a chance that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is now an essential part of your job. Cabinets from Durham Manufacturing can provide a secure storage solution for your various PPE items, with more than 460 cabinets to choose from.

Below are 3 different cabinet options that can be used to store your PPE or any items you want to keep safely secured.

Electronic Access Control Cabinets (click here)

• Electronic lock has the ability to store audit trails

• Traceability has helped some users reduce inventory consumption by 30%

• Heavy duty, all welded, 14-gauge steel construction

• For additional security utilize the 3-point locking system with pad-lockable cast steel handle (pad-lock not included)

• Shelves bolt easily into place with the hardware that is provided

• Full height recessed doors with 7 gauge leaf hinges to prevent sagging

• Available with solid door on right and a windowed door on the left, or with both solid doors

• 6”H legs, provide access for forklifts and have pre-drilled holes allowing for lagging to the floor. (Constructed of 3/16” steel)

• Durable, gray, textured powder coat finish

Cabinets with Bins and Shelves (click here)

• Heavy duty, all welded 14-gauge steel

• 3-point locking system with chrome keyed handle and 5/16” diameter lock rods

• Full height welded piano hinges for increased strength and rigidity of doors

• Fully welded louvered panels reinforce door and hold Hook-On-Bins®

• Hook-On-Bins® installed easily with no tools required

• Hook-On-Bins® by Durham are included

• Double doors open at 180º for full access to product

• Adjustable shelves rest on louvered panels and adjust on 4” centers. No tools required for installation

• Cabinets ship fully assembled

• Durable, gray, textured powder coat finish

Extra Heavy Duty Lockable Storage Cabinets (click here)

• Extra heavy duty, all welded 12-gauge steel

• 3-point locking system with pad-lockable cast steel locking handle (pad-lock not included)

• Flush doors with 7-gauge leaf hinges to prevent sagging

• Double doors open at 180º for full access to product

• Shelves bolt into place easily using fasteners provided and adjust on 2-1/4” centers

• 6”H base/legs which provide access for foklifts; pre-punched holes allow for lagging to the floor. (constructed of 3/16” steel)

• Cabinets ship fully assembled

• Durable, gray, textured powder coat finish

To view Spill 911’s full line of Storage Cabinets, click here.

Deep Cleaning To-Dos After a Food Manufacturing Facility Shutdown

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting normal operations for countless food and beverage manufacturers. This disruption may occur due to limited staff numbers (as a result of social distancing requirements, layoffs, or staff sickness); additional sanitation requirements in relation to the control of COVID-19 transmission; changes in the level of production (up or down); and even site shutdown. These in turn can lead to a loss of resources for, or focus on, food safety sanitation.

Food manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce safe food and it is therefore essential that routine sanitation practices continue and that additional sanitation is undertaken after a period of shutdown. Employers also have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their workforce, including minimizing their risk of COVID-19 infection.

Sanitation for Food Safety

Review your sanitation SSOPs and ensure you have the right tools for the job:

•Review Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) for required tools and equipment
•Review your color-coding plan
•Check all shadow boards, tool racks, and storage locations for tools that need to be replaced

Check individual work stations to ensure the correct material handling tools are present:

•Ensure that all tools are present in their correct areas
•Make sure tools match the established color-coding plan

Discard any tools that are damaged or that are in poor condition:

•Damaged tools can harbor microorganisms and allergens in deep gouges or cracks
•Pieces or materials may break off in production areas, causing foreign body contamination
•Damaged tools can injure employees

Clean brand new tools before their first use in your facility:

•Even new tools could be contaminated with allergens, microbes, or foreign bodies
•Manufacturers of cleaning and material handling tools do not sanitize or sterilize tools before they are shipped to end-users unless they specifically state otherwise
•Even tools that are individually wrapped should be cleaned before their first use

Clean existing tools:

•Tools that are not properly sanitized and dried after use or prior to shutdown may become a source of contamination on re-use
•Cleaning and material handling tools themselves can be vectors for pathogens

Clean the nooks and crannies:

•Include spots or areas within the facility, equipment, or tools that are hard-to-reach or inspect
•They are much more difficult for the sanitation crew to properly clean and disinfect. It’s critical to carefully clean gaskets, hollow tubes and supports, rough welds, gaps in equipment, dead-ends and joints and crevices.

Sanitation for COVID-19 Control

This cleaning is what should be done on an ongoing and frequent basis when the plant is back in operation:

•Surfaces that are commonly touched by employees should be cleaned more frequently. These include handrails, door push plates, turnstiles, utensils, cart and bucket handles, taps, hoses, cleaning tools, machine control panels, scales and bulk ingredient bins.

•Consider adding a unique color to your color-coding plan to specifically clean these non-food contact surfaces
•Tools should also be cleaned between use by different people to lessen the chance of spreading COVID-19

Train Staff on the Importance of Food Safety and COVID-19 Safety Plans

Training is an important step in building and maintaining a food safety culture. This applies to general food safety plans and enhanced COVID-19 safety plans. A culture of food safety includes:

•Strong leadership that encourages cooperation
•Ongoing food safety training for employees and higher-ups
•Engaged and informed employees
•Self-audits built into the work structure
•An organizational structure based on a complicated chain that gives more people more responsibility instead of a direct flow
•Empowered employees who share responsibility for and are rewarded for practicing food safety
•A robust food safety plan that contains preventative measures and controls

Additional Resources

Remco and Vikan have numerous resources available online:

To view the full line of Remco products available from Spill 911, click here.

Why a Forklift Safety Program is Essential

There are some types of machinery that are exclusively designed and made for special businesses and industries. But many others are made to operate in different corporations. One thing that they all have in common is that the operators and other people working in close proximity of these pieces of equipment must be trained in different safety programs.

Why a Forklift Safety Program is Essential?

Some individuals have a view that forklifts have to be handled just like other types of machinery. But they have to be educated that everything about these forklifts is different. The main reason is that the forklift has to lift the weight of the goods on the forks and also move either short or long distances. So it is important that a Forklift Safety Program must be initiated.

Boost in Capacity of Production

Proper safety training of forklift operators means that they will be able to handle any difficult situation and quickly cope with it. This means that it will decrease the time spent on making things right and boost the capacity of the production.

Cutback in Cost of Forklift Caring

During the safety training, operators are also taught to take care of the vehicle in various ways. A thorough inspection is the most vital part of the training because if the forklift is working properly then the cost of maintenance will be cutback enormously.

Expenses of Property Damages is Reduced

When the operators are not properly trained to drive the forklift, they will make mistakes and this will result in accidents. But because of the safety training given to all operators, the damage to the property and the expenses will also be reduced significantly.

Medical Bills of Employees is Lessened

When accidents happen, not only do the companies have to bear the expenditure of loss to the property but also the possibility of people getting injured. This increases the medical bills of the employees. But when operators are careful in driving the forklift, the medical bills are lessened.

Overall Safety for Everyone

There are other employees and staff who have to be near the forklift to do their own work. But the other staff members are also at risk of getting hurt by items falling off the forklift that you bought from dealers like Bobby Park Truck and Equipment. A well-trained operator will be able to maneuver the forklift so that it doesn’t bump into other people.

Proper Handling of Different Materials

Each and every individual forklift has its own load lifting capacity, and the operators have to know which forklift can carry how much weight. The forklift safety procedures ensure that the drivers know the center point of gravity, the weight the forklift can carry and the height needed to carry to the destination. All three points have to be kept in mind.

Industries That Need More Forklift Safety

There are some industries where forklift safety is more essential. The primary reason for this extra care for safety is that the materials and goods that the forklifts and their operators have to manage are extremely heavy and many times dangerous. The industries in which forklift safety is more needed are mentioned below.

Building and Construction

According to many, there is no need for training the forklift operators as the material is not too heavy. But when they fall to various accidents, then they repent. So whether your business is small or huge, you should never ignore the training. The materials handled are heavy and sometimes risky.

Farming and Agriculture

Although there are other kinds of machinery used in the agricultural and farming business, you can’t deny the importance of a forklift. When the crops are harvested, threshed and bundled, carrying them can be difficult for workers. Forklifts are the equipment that can do the job perfectly.

Forest Management

The forest industry and construction are most alike in one way: the goods that have to be carried are almost the same in weight and size. But the difference is that the materials that are carried are all related to trees and other living organisms that are found in the forest.

Manufacturers and Delivery Warehouses

In many manufacturing industries the raw materials used can’t be transported by employees as they can be dangerous for the health of people. On other occasions the items that are to be delivered can be heavy. For both the industries the availability of a forklift is essential.

Transportation Industry

Not only does the shipping industry uses forklifts to their full extent, but also inter-city transportation has great use for it. The best kind of forklift for intercity transporting is a piggyback forklift, which can be attached at the back of a truck and used anywhere.

Hazardous Materials Factories

In many factories there are various hazardous materials where forklifts are really essential to be used. It has to be kept in focus that the Forklift Safety Program must be implicated at every step to ensure that the materials are handled cautiously.

This is a guest blog post by David Kramer. For more information on available forklifts, click here.

OSHA Offers New Video and Poster on Proper Workplace Use of Respirators

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new video and poster for employers and workers on how to properly wear and remove a respirator.

The video and poster, available in both English and Spanish, demonstrate and describe seven steps every worker should follow when putting on and taking off a respirator.

1. Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol before putting on and after removing the respirator.

2. Inspect the respirator for damage.

3. Cover mouth and nose with the respirator and pull strap over the head so that it rests at the back of the head. A second strap should rest at the back of the neck. Use the metal nose clips to mold the respirator to the shape of the nose.

4. Adjust the respirator by placing both hands over it and inhaling and exhaling. Readjust the straps if air leaks from the respirator’s edges.

5. Avoid touching the respirator while wearing it.

6. Remove the respirator by grabbing the strap(s) from behind. Do not touch the front.

7. If the respirator does not need to be reused because of supply shortages, discard it in a closed-bin waste receptacle.

To view the video from OSHA, click here. For other workplace safety information, you can visit OSHA’s publications page by clicking here. To read the full news release from OSHA, click here.