Manufacturing - Key Steps to Reopening Successfully

Released On 7th Oct 2020

Manufacturing - Key Steps to Reopening Successfully

Manufacturing organisations must take a number of key precautions in order to minimise risks for workers and give themselves the best chance for a successful reopening. When planning the reopening process, organisations should consider these strategies:

  • Think ahead—Consider possible disruptions and have plans in place for potential issues, such as an employee contracting COVID-19.
  • Find the right solutions—When taking the body temperatures of employees, consider using technology such as forward-looking infrared cameras, as they can provide a reading without requiring a tester to be in close proximity to the subject.
  • Respect privacy—Monitoring compliance with precautionary policies, such as handwashing, can be done without identifying individuals by utilising certain technologies, such as 3D lidar.
  • Keep employees informed—Establish trust with employees by being transparent about the reopening process.
  • Automate detection of issues—Technological solutions, such as 3D lidar or Bluetooth sensors, can be used to quickly identify a variety of problems such as misuse of personal protective equipment or a lack of social distancing.

Restarting Pressure Systems Safely

Given that pressure systems may have been sitting idle and unused for an extended period of time, restarting them may pose certain dangers. When examining these machines, organisations must take precautions in order to minimise the chance of an accident.

If a pressure system’s gases or fluids have become contaminated, it may result in issues that could lead to dangerous situations and even explosions. Adhere to the following steps when restarting a system:

  • Warm up steam systems gradually.
  • Closely inspect and test pressure relief valves that contain mechanical spring mechanisms.
  • Adjust accordingly for machines using hydraulic fluids, which may be more viscous when cold.
  • Use caution if a system has been left turned on, as fluids may have become very hot, and a release of the fluid or a hose failure could result in hot oil being sprayed.

Organisations should conduct full, in-depth inspections of all aspects of a pressure system before restarting it in order to minimise the risk of an accident.