Businesses lose a lot of money as a result of industrial fires and explosions, which cannot be quantified in dollars. The most prevalent cause of these mishaps is that managers and employees are oblivious of the hazards they confront on a regular basis at work.

 

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Frequent Sources of Industrial Fire

Machines 

Heating and hot work equipment, notably furnaces, are the most typical problems. Simply following the recommended cleaning and maintenance procedures, including lubrication, can drastically lower the risk.

There are three main ways for preventing fires caused by equipment or mechanical problems:

  • Consciousness
  • Housekeeping and cleaning 
  • Maintenance

Flammable Dust

Combustible dust is a major source of fire in food processing, carpentry, and chemical processing. Minor fires can result in product loss, lost time, and, in rare cases, physical hazards. A combustible substance comes into touch with an ignition source in a typical scenario.

Hot Work

Welding is any activity associated with hot labor and other operations like brazing, burning, heating, and soldering which can also result in a fire. This is owing to the fact that at temperatures above 1000°F, sparks and molten material may easily travel over 35 feet.

 

Fire Prevention Tips

Avoid working in a hot environment. While this isn't always possible, if another option exists, take it.

  • Employees should be educated about the hazards of hot labor, as well as any site-specific risks, appropriate regulations and procedures, and the proper use of safety equipment.
  • Check for flammable or combustible materials in the area, such as dust, liquids, or gases.
  • For all hot work projects, use a formal permit system. It is always preferable to be safe than sorry.
  • Keep an eye on the task at hand. If you're hiring outside contractors, make sure you have a safety professional on hand.

 

Hazards tied with electricity

One of the top five causes of fires in industrial plants is an electrical fire. The following is a partial list of electrical hazards:

  • Wiring that is exposed, or that isn't up to code
  • Overloaded outlets are those that have a lot of people using them at the same time.
  • Cords for extra length
  • Overloaded circuits are those that have a lot of current flowing through them.
  • Static electricity discharge

 

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Fire Awareness Training for your Workforce

 

The workforce should get training in the following areas:

  • Between their work locations and the nearest exit, count the number of doors, machines, or desks. They may need to make their way out in the dark if there is a fire.
  • Know where alternate exits are located from all work zones.
  • Learn where the local fire alarm is located and how to operate it.
  • All phones should have emergency phone numbers posted on them or near them.
  • Ensure that someone in charge is aware of any impairment that may cause an escape to be delayed and that arrangements are in place for a safe evacuation.

 

Management must

  • During new-employee orientations, post building evacuation plans and discuss them.
  • Practice fire drills on a regular basis.
  • Workers with disabilities should be included in the fire emergency preparedness process.
  • Workers should be trained in the use of portable fire extinguishers, and those who will assist in the evacuation of fire scenes should be selected.

 

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Discipline and Practices

A reactive workplace is characterized by a lack of processes or discipline in following existing ones. Work processes and procedures are critical components of dependability excellence. 

Creating a culture that supports and rewards a disciplined attitude to work is also an important aspect of reliability excellence. To establish the correct culture, reliability excellence applies change management techniques.

 

Improper Sanitation

Operator care is critical to achieving high levels of dependability. Craftspeople aren't yanked away against half-finished products to cope with the next crisis. The operator care function creates clear expectations and planned duties, resulting in operators who have the time, ability, and desire to keep the workplace clean.

 

Mistakes in Decision-Making

Employees are forced to make decisions under time limitations, often in entirely novel conditions, in a reactive environment due to a lack of process, asset, and organizational stability.

 

Overtime

Overtime is usually excessive and unexpected as a result of process disruptions and equipment malfunctions. Fatigue results in poor decision-making, blunders, and accidents. When weariness, a rush, or non-routine jobs are factored in, the error rating rises to around one in every 25 actions.

 

Training deficits

Dependability excellence is the ability to train your employees at a high level. The world-class goal of devoting 2% of labor hours to training becomes not just feasible but desired. Process disruptions are becoming increasingly infrequent as time and money become available for training.

 

Configuration Management is inadequate.

When the material management function fails and a breakdown occurs, parts and materials are substituted. Material management procedures of the highest caliber guarantee that the appropriate components arrive in the right locations at the right time.

 

Organizational Priorities

It's difficult to find time to focus on increasing safety at sites where it's a daily fight to keep production going and keep badly maintained assets working. If your assets and processes are stable and under control, you have the resources to keep the facility in top shape.

 

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Source: machinerylubrication.com