I am keenly aware of OSHAâs unpopularity among some molders. Iâve been in enough molder/moldmaker huddles to know that some of you view OSHA as more of a hindrance than helpthat you see OSHA as a meddling, useless government bureaucracy thatâs wasting taxpayer money. And Iâve been in enough molding and moldmaking shops to know that some molders, when they hear the word âsafety,â think first about football and not about protecting the health of their employees.
But Iâve also been in enough molding and moldmaking shops to know that some of you understand, embrace, and promote the value of safety. And that understanding usually reflects itself in the health of the molder, the happiness of the employees, the cleanliness of the shop, and the satisfaction of the customer. This month weâre taking a closer look at some of the safety concerns molders face, and what the upside is for a molder who takes safety seriously. Weâve also thrown in some info on how you can actually work with OSHAnot against itto improve safety in your shop, and all without spending a dime.
In the end, there is one truth that Iâm willing to bet all molders know, perhaps secretly: You either deal proactively with safety and make it a vital part of what you do, or you will be forced to deal with it reactively. Put another way, what will it take for you to wake up and tackle safety concerns in your shop? Would you rather have OSHA and a dollar-seeking personal injury lawyer knocking on your door after an employee loses an arm in a machine that had its safeties bypassed, or would you rather get your shop in order and then invite OSHA in to prove that what youâve done truly protects the health and safety of the employees and organization?
Pay now or pay later, and if you choose later, itâs dollars to donuts that you, your customers, and maybe an employee and his or her family will suffer all the worse for your neglect.