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Keeping Your Factory or Shop Cool in the Summer

How to keep your factory 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.

How to keep your factory cool in the summer…

Train workers on how to respond to heat-related emergencies.
Give your workers cooldown 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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Workplace Safety at Bull Metal

Workplace Safety at Bull Metal – Bull Metal prides itself on providing a safe working environment for our employees. We have taken several steps to ensure that everyone has the proper training to work safely and efficiently. Here are some steps you can follow to keep your employees safe at your shop.

1. Everyone must wear safety glasses. Even if you’re not working a machine, a piece of metal could fly into your eye from another machine.

2. Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry. Anything longer than it has to be could get caught in a machine.

3. Wear appropriate shoes. Steel toes are recommended for employees working with metal. Open toed shoes or sandals are not safe!

4. Listen to the machines you are using, if they are making a noise you have not heard before, do not use them.

5. Do not leave the machines unattended.

6. Be aware of what and who is around you. You don’t want to bump into someone using a dangerous machine.

7. Tie long hair and beards back. You don’t want it to get caught in machinery.

8. Don’t use a machine unless you have properly trained on how to use it.

9. Know where the first aid kits are in case of emergency.

10. Keep your work area clean. This will prevent slips and falls that can cause injury.​

Workplace Safety at Bull Metal

 

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