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team's culture. "High turnover can be seen
as an erosion of the culture, thus impacting
sustainability," he says.
Once the culture is solidified, it's important
to bring new employees on board with a
solid training program that showcases the
company's commitment to safety.
"There should be an onboarding program in
place that assures associates get the proper training before you release them to the
plant floor," he says. "This training is often
skipped or delayed when employers are
shorthanded. The training should have some
component of validation...trust but verify."
Regardless of where a company's culture is
rooted, equipment manufacturers can play a
key role in keeping workers safer.
"Again, when you're moving too fast, that's
when things can go wrong. That's why I
think, as a manufacturer, it's important to
recognize some of the areas that are the biggest risks and try to address them within the
design of the equipment," Blair says.
Baxter recently introduced its VersaOven,
which Blair says was designed with worker safety in mind. For starters, the oven is
somewhat self-cleaning, which can cut down
on repetitive motions for workers when trying to sanitize the equipment.
"It was actually inspired by our commercial
dishwasher's technology," Blair says. "It has
a rinse arm within it that does a really good
job of cleaning out the unit very quickly,
without requiring what might be the typical
tedious cleaning tasks."
The VersaOven also separates grease and filters it into bins that can be wheeled away
relatively easily. This takes away a heavy
item that needs to be lifted and carried while
also reducing the risk of spilled grease becoming a fall hazard.
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