Metal detection technology can play an important role in driving safer working practices
Food manufacturing is a high-risk sector to work in. With over 5,000 injuries each year in food and drink manufacturing reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK alone, food processors are under increasing pressure to improve worker safety and control potential risks in working environments.
Operators are open to a number of hazards on a food production line, such as wet surfaces, falling objects, fingers traps and trips and falls. Machinery accounts for a large proportion of injuries, and operating and testing machinery contributes further to hazard exposure, where workers often have to climb ladders to reach machine interfaces, or remove products on conveyor lines for quality control and testing.
How can we improve worker safety on manufacturing lines?
Whilst the responsibility of employee welfare lies with the company, food processing equipment manufacturers have also have a big part to play.
Equipment manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their systems are designed with safety in mind. METTLER TOLEDO Safeline's Profile metal detectors have a number of innovative technologies that contribute to worker safety in food manufacturing environments.
Emulation technology allows the metal detector interface to be operated from a variety of networked devices such as a tablet or mobile phone, reducing the need to work at height if the machine is installed in an awkward location.
Reduced Test Mode reduces the frequency of metal detector testing, thereby reducing the number of ladder climbs required by an operator to conduct the test, either to drop the sample through the aperture, or to access the machine interface to run the test routines.
Automatic Test System virtually eliminates the need to work at height to conduct most routine performance monitoring tests, and removes the requirement for line operators to have to reach across installed equipment to drop the test samples through the aperture of the metal detector.
For more information on equipment safety, please read our white paper: Equipment Safety for Product Inspection Equipment.