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5 Best Practices for Maintaining Safety and Security During and Beyond a Crisis

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The world changed drastically, and manufacturing facilities have had to quickly pivot to balance safety and security as well as production.

As you’ll hear from Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer in the video below, Stanley Black & Decker (SB&D) has taken many steps to mitigate risks in its own manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Watch the video and continue reading for lessons learned and key takeaways that can help you maintain safety and security well into the future.

 

Tips for Mitigating Risks in Manufacturing Facilities

Deb shares five actionable steps manufacturing facilities (and other companies) can take to help ensure safety and security through and beyond a crisis, such as a global pandemic.

 

  1. Have a crisis management strategy ready.

Develop a crisis management strategy that includes checklists of key tasks as they relate to production, communication and protocols in the event of a pandemic or other crisis. Having a plan in place decreases the amount of time it takes to develop and implement these policies when a crisis occurs.

 

  1. Educate employees on the facts.

Provide employees with education on the situation so they understand the risks and how to address them. In this case, SB&D hired a new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to provide guidance on health and safety risks as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CMO provided information for manufacturing employees about risks and how to mitigate them.

 

  1. Leverage technologies to re-enforce business policies and mitigate risks.

Partner with security providers and other vendors to evaluate new technologies that can help you mitigate risks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SB&D implemented the use of temperature screening technology and health questionnaires at the start and end of each shift. This helped the company ensure employees who entered the facility were healthy – and their health status didn’t change during their shift.

 

  1. Provide tools and resources to help keep employees safe and secure on-site.

Provide employees what they need to help stay safe and healthy on-site. For example, SB&D provided each employee two face masks so they could be swapped mid-shift. Hand sanitizer was also made available as well as signage reminding everyone to properly wash hands.

 

  1. Support health and wellbeing both on- and off-site.

Helping team members stay safe and healthy can’t be limited to the four walls of a facility. SB&D implemented a program that allows employees to request personal protective equipment (PPE) to take home to their families. In addition, training provided by the CMO offered best practices and tips for staying safe while outside of the workplace.

 

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