Health and safety

Optimising production processes to reduce employee exposure to accidents

Optimising production processes for the safety of employees is part of health and safety management. Systematic safety management brings a number of benefits to the farm.

Firstly, it sets standards of conduct, secondly, it helps to put in place proper oversight of processes that generate particular risks and finally, it leads to continuous improvement. Standardised safety management systems operate on the basis of the following operational cycle:

  • planning – based on the company’s development strategy,
  • implementation – by implementing the changes and making them work,
  • checking – in the course of inspections and audits,
  • responding – through adjustments and preventive measures,
  • improvement – on a management review basis.

Based on the risk analysis for individual workplaces and drawing conclusions from the identified risks and incidents, optimisation of the production process should include:

  • process technologies – e.g. use of raw materials, materials, energy sources, fuels, etc.,
  • the premises and their facilities – e.g. spaciousness, traffic arrangements, lighting, heating, etc.,
  • machinery and equipment – e.g. technological advancement, power source, automation, guards, collective protection measures, noise emissions, etc..,
  • transport measures,
  • human resources – e.g. qualifications, awareness, participation in training, etc.,
  • organisation of work,
  • personal protective equipment and measures to minimise the effects of emergencies.