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Health & Safety & Risk Assessment Safety in the manufacturing environment Many potential hazards exist in a textiles workplace, fast moving electrical machinery, cutting tools, dyes and other chemicals can all cause injury. Workers and their supervisors have a responsibilty to make the workplace as safe as possible, ans to take all reasonable steps to prevent injury. Organization of the workplace Many potential hazards can be avoided y the way in which the workplace is laid out. Areas in the workplace should be designated for particular activities. Storage areas and walkways should be clearly marked and kept clean and tidy, with waste materials disposed of correctly. ...read more.


Warning labels indicate the nature of the hazard. They should be stored in their original containers with instructions on how to use them. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), introduced in 1994, set out the hazards of toxic substances such as dyes, mordants and detergents, identifying which are hazardous. They detail how the substance is to be stored and handled and how to proceed if there is an accident. Machine guards Fingers and hands are most at threat when functioning textiles machinery. Most machines have guards fitted to prevent fingers and hands being placed near moving parts. However these often need to be removed to set up or maintain the machine, it is also important that they are accurately replaced afterwards. ...read more.


The Health and Safety at Work Act Introduced in 1974, the act makes employers legally responsible for the health and safety of employees and makes employees responsible for using the safety equipment provided. Product safety Many products carry symbols that indicate the product has passed a series of quality and safety tests. This is the user's guarantee that the product is safe to use for the purpose specified. The quality of materials, components and manufacturing processes used ensure the safety of the product. Safe by design Safety needs to be designed into a product and is often included in the specification. Fabrics and components used must be suitable. Manufacturing processes must also be considered. The end use of the product must be considered throughout the designing and making process. ...read more.

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