Running a successful (and profitable) manufacturing company requires that every moving piece of your business - from equipment to employees - is always operating at peak performance to maintain a consistent flow of fulfilled orders. While most, if not all, companies have inspection and maintenance programs in place for their equipment, many do not have the same rigorous standards for keeping the training programs for their employees up to date. Often times there are legal requirements and licensing required for handling heavy or dangerous machinery, but training or certification in areas like fluid handling is often up to the discretion of the business owner, and for some, an easy corner to cut - which in the long run will end up being a huge mistake for your bottom line.
Whether you're using your fluid handling solution to apply paint or a protective coating, or maybe even using spray foam in the construction of props and less durable items, there are several compelling reasons for ensuring that you employees are professionally trained in the proper care, use, and safety precautions related to their duties and the use of spraying equipment.
Proper Training Reduces the Risk of Workplace Injuries
According to data from the Canadian government, workplace accidents in the field of manufacturing accounted for more injuries than all all other sectors combined - including construction. This is a distressing statistic that owners and operators of manufacturing facilities should take to heart and make a dedicated effort to improve. Proactive equipment and safety training, along with a strong company culture of health and safety awareness, is an important first step in working to reduce the amount of workers getting injured on the job. A recent study by the Institute for Work and Health shed further data into workplace injury statistics with data on new and younger workers that highlights the impact of inadequate training:
By not having adequate training in place for your fluid handling systems, even if not required by law, you can help protect your employees from becoming a statistic. While perhaps seemingly not as dangerous as some heavy machinery that may be in your plant, improperly handled spray systems can result in any number of hazards for your workers’ health and safety, such as:
When working in an environment where your employees health and safety are potentially at risk everyday, it is critical to ensure that all are properly trained and qualified before they're allowed on the manufacturing floor.
Proper Training Fills the Gaps and Updates Standards
Many companies’ training programs, as they are, are conducted by a more senior technician providing on the job training to a new or more junior employee. While this is a good starting point in theory, a lack of a professional training program can create costly or dangerous oversights. For someone with years on the job, some steps or precautions may seem like common sense and potentially be skipped over, and your brand new employee will be limited to the knowledge that their mentor was trained on, however many years ago. By partnering with professionals to create a training program for your fluid handling systems, you ensure that your employees have the most up to date information and safety standards to help them perform both successfully and safely right out of the gate.
Proper Training Improves Productivity and Reduces Maintenance and Repair Costs
Apart from the importance of safeguarding your employees, proper training can also make a significant impact on your fiscal bottom line. In a recent report on the impact of employees in manufacturing processes, Dr. Ginette M. Collazo reports that human error is responsible for a staggering 80% of failures and defects. By providing a comprehensive fluid handling training program you can become proactive about reducing these damaging mistakes and stop them before they cost your company untold damages in work stoppages, repair costs, and delays in production.
While not required by law; professional, expert fluid handling systems training is a vitally important part of your business plan to protect your employees, your equipment, and even your bottom line. At Bolair we pride ourselves on providing training for all the products and systems we supply, from Polyurea equipment to Graco sprayers and more. If you would like to speak one of our experts on designing a training program for your manufacturing facility, contact us at 905-564-2231 today.