Safety Hazards in Paper Plants To Be Aware Of

Safety Hazards in Paper Plants To Be Aware Of
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    Paper—arguably one of the most important resources that humankind has ever created.

    However, it can also be one of the most dangerous to create in today’s modern world.

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Even though the internet has cut back on the need for paper, it is still widely used throughout the world, and paper plants are doing everything they can to keep up with the demand. Unfortunately, this can lead to slip-ups that cause injuries to employees.

Nobody wants that to happen, so here are some safety hazards in paper plants to be aware of.

Factory Hazards

Paper plants have most of the same types of equipment that any other factory has at their location. That doesn’t mean it’s safe, though.

Most workplace injuries originate from the equipment that employees work with every day. Running machines, vehicles, and large containers are usually the culprits when it comes to these types of incidents.

Hazards like this are unavoidable, but they can always be better prevented. Make sure your employees are well trained and can clearly see warning labels.

Paper Byproducts

Making paper isn’t as simple as cutting up a tree and flattening it out. There are many processes that a tree must go through before it’s turned into paper.

Because of this, the creation of paper also creates a few byproducts that can be harmful to employees. The main two are combustible dust and hazardous chemicals.

The combustible dust can become dangerous if it becomes airborne. It can either be inhaled and cause respiratory problems or even explode if it is ignited.

There are many things that can cause fires in a paper plant, but this one is by far the most dangerous since it is so very easily spread through the air. Flame-resistant clothing is one of the best ways to protect against this and any other fires that could happen.

The other major byproduct to be careful of is hazardous chemicals. These don’t come directly from the tree, but they are left over after the paper has been made.

They should be clearly labeled. In the event an employee comes into contact with these chemicals, you should have showers and eyewash stations nearby.

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General Dangers

Some other safety hazards in paper plants to be aware of include heat stress, pinch points, sharp surfaces, and tripping hazards. Precautions such as proper ventilation and clear warning signs will help prevent most of these dangers, but employers should take the time to teach or remind their employees of them.

Heat stress, in particular, is a dangerous condition. It can cause dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and even nausea. In extreme cases, it can lead to heatstroke, which can cause brain damage or even death.

Make sure employees know that they should take a break if they are experiencing any of these symptoms. No one should have to experience heat exhaustion to this degree.

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