Safety is a top priority for most plants, regardless of industry. When an on-the-job injury occurs, it can cost your company thousands of dollars. OSHA has estimated that employers pay approximately $1 billion per week for workers’ compensation costs.
In addition to direct costs such as workers’ compensation, serious injuries result in many indirect costs. These costs could include lost time of the employee, investigating the cause of the accident, hiring a replacement, or training.
In many packaging and production facilities, hot melt systems are commonly used during everyday processes. Where there is heat involved, there is the potential for increased safety hazards, such as burns.
Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to mitigate risks. There are also heat-free products available, such as rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) that make an excellent alternative to liquid hot melts. We always recommend working with your supplier to see if this type of product would be a good fit for your process.
Check out the infographic below to read more about adhesive-related burns and the benefits of PSAs as an alternative product.