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Keeping Your Factory or Shop Cool in the Summer

Summer is here and if you’re one of the many Americans who work in construction, manufacturing, or garages, you’ll want to keep yourself and employees cool until fall rolls around. Dozens of workers die from heat related illness with 40% occurring in the construction industry. Water, rest, and shade can keep your workers cool and heat illness free. Allowing workers to acclimate to the changing temperature will also prevent heat related illness. Here are some alternative ways to keep workers cool during summer heat.

Train workers on how to respond to heat related emergencies.
Give your workers cool down times of no less than 5 minutes
Initiate high heat procedures if the temperature rises above 95 degrees
Give employees access to cool water at all times
Download OSHA’s heat safety app to predict when heat related injuries may occur
Purchase one or many high powered shop fans to keep air moving
Upgrade your ventilation system so that heat dissipates and keeps it out of your facility
Declutter your workspace so it doesn’t obstruct airflow
Consider cooling liners for hard hats
Offer cold rags for workers to wear around their neck and head
Treat workers with popsicles throughout their shifts

Please browse Bull Metal’s gallery of workplace safety products. We offer many products from First Aid boxes to Fireman’s Phone Cabinets.

Bull Metal is a Lean Manufacturing Company

Bull Metal has been a Lean company for several years now. Lean Manufacturing is a way to lessen waste and production time. It is a continuous improvement system that stems from the Toyota Production System (TPS). Lean Manufacturing also improves manufacturing efficiency and quality. Lean Manufacturing not only has helped manufacturing companies but also restaurants such as fast food establishments.

The following items are the 7 wastes Lean Manufacturing gets rid of (TOM D WIP).

Transportation
Overproduction
Motion
Defects
Waiting
Inventory
Processing Overage

Lean Manufacturing also has a 5 step process to improve production.

Specify value from the standpoint of the end customer by product family.
Identify all the steps in the value stream for each product family, eliminating whenever possible those steps that do not create value.
Make the value-creating steps occur in tight sequence so the product will flow smoothly toward the customer.
As flow is introduced, let customers pull value from the next upstream activity.
As value is specified, value streams are identified, wasted steps are removed, and flow and pull are introduced, begin the process again and continue it until a state of perfection is reached in which perfect value is created with no waste (continuous improvement).

When buying from Bull Metal you can be assured that your product was created in a Lean Manufacturing environment. All of our toolboxes, storage cabinets, electrical enclosures, novelty boxes and more are designed with care and made with quality. These are the values that Lean Manufacturing instills.

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