In the wake of several recent explosions and incidents at chemical plants, chemical manufacturers need to invest in safer designs, newer technologies and institute safety practices and procedures to improve safety at their plants. Read on to learn about the steps that chemical manufacturers can take to improve worker safety.

Proper Safeguards – A Must To Prevent Any Accidents

Chemical manufacturing plants should put in place stringent safeguards to prevent the release of toxic chemicals and gases into the environment. These safeguards include having regular safety inspections by trained safety inspectors. Otherwise, it may endanger the lives of workers in the chemical plant and may affect residents living in the neighbourhood.

Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s area director in Columbus said in a recent news article:

“Chemical manufacturing can be catastrophic if proper safeguards are not in place and Georgia-Pacific Chemicals failed to meet that responsibility. Exposure to formaldehyde can have serious health consequences.”

Need To Incorporate New Technology For Better Safety

Chemical manufacturers should be ready to invest in new technology for the detection of equipment failure or for pointing out loopholes like cracks or damages in the facility. They should also provide safety training to workers and commit to safety by investing in the best chemical and gas leak detection systems, available in the market.

CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso said in a recent article:

“Chemical operations management need to take advantage of [technologies],” he said. “We would like companies to [decide] have safety aimed at the prevention of risks. Our findings indicate that in order to prevent catastrophic events this has to catch or we’re going to have more accidents.”

This article shares two key recommendations for chemical manufacturers to improve safety at their chemical facilities. This will help in preventing accidents and fire hazards, protecting the lives of people and safeguarding equipment, all at the same time.