Clear labelling needed for manufacturing sector

29th October 2013 - Fine Cut

The manufacturing sector is one of the largest industries in the UK, with companies providing a variety of products and services that contribute to economic growth.

With so many individuals employed in this area, the need for an effective health and safety strategy is key to the success of each business. Without this, firms could face prosecution for putting the lives of workers at risk.

At Fine Cut, we understand how important it is to have a hassle-free health and safety programme in place - one that does not interfere with the day-to-day running of the business, but keeps employees safe.

Our range of labels can be used to serve a number of purposes - and our dedicated team of engineers are able to provide you with products to suit any requirement you may have.

Industrial labels manufactured by Fine Cut are also utilised by a variety of industries, including manufacturing and electronic, with customers asking for labels ranging from hazard warning labels to bespoke instructional products.

Failure to ensure that health and safety regulations are adhered to could hold significant legal implications for manufacturing companies, while flouting these laws increases the risk of employees sustaining serious injuries.

A tissue manufacturer in Oldham was recently fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in prosecution costs after its failings resulted in a member of staff losing the tip of two fingers in machinery.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Rose Tissues had removed safety guards from the equipment at least one year before the incident took place, while electronic safety locks and cut-out switches had been deliberately bypassed to allow the machine to continue running.

HSE inspector Stuart Kitchingman said: "The risk of workers’ hands being dragged in between two rollers is well known in the printing industry, but the company failed to carry out checks on its machines to make sure guards were in place."

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