Dry cleaning plants have never necessarily been places highlighted by their comfort. In fact, with concrete floors, steam pipes, and loud and heavy equipment, dry cleaning plants pose significant safety risks.
It’s important to understand and spot the risks of working in or overseeing a dry cleaning plant. The Department of Labor has a list of OSHA standards and hazard recognition that aid in spotting risks before they turn ugly, and by heeding these tips you can help to stay away from the traditional dangers of the industry.
Here’s a more up-close look at what makes the best working conditions for dry cleaning plants.
Keeping Your Cool
Heat and humidity are common factors that play significant roles in the overall working environment for dry cleaning plant employees. During the summer, it’s important to have work areas as comfortable as possible by having air conditioning running along above each workstation. Supplementing that with swamp coolers and large fans can help to force warm air to the ceiling and away from the employees.
Keeping It Covered
Dry cleaners insurance is a major piece of coverage for dry cleaning owners and plant proprietors. This kind of insurance provides support to owners and managers when it comes to everything to do with their operations. From equipment breakdown to covering the cost of a claim by an employee or client, having dry cleaners insurance will provide peace of mind for your business and keep the integrity of your company intact while handling any fees that come with claims.
Hoods installed at seven feet or higher, on a central exhaust duct, can be effective in removing steam that’s rising and heat above finishing equipment. Managing steam can make a big difference in the work area, so it’s important to be aware of any leaking valves that are pumping steam into the air. This adds both heat and moisture and can make the working environment completely unbearable. Steam also increases burn time for boilers, which in turn means a higher than needed fuel expense.
Most valves that leak, when caught early on, can be quickly and effectively taken apart and inspected. Anything worn down or in need of replacement can be done so in an inexpensive and quick way. All steam pipes should be well insulated, from the boiler to the return tank. Any worn insulation and uncovered steam pipes can create a safety hazard.
Most tasks in a dry cleaning plant are performed while standing or sitting, causing a strain on the back, shoulders, and legs. Having foam runner material installed on walkways can help put a pep in your workers’ step while also relieving some stress on their joints and muscles throughout their long shifts. These runners can be customized to fit your needs and can be placed in other areas besides walkways including inspection areas and receiving depots.
About Irving Weber Associates
At Irving Weber Associates, Inc., we understand what it takes to run a successful Dry Cleaner, Coin Operated Laundromat, Linen Supply business, Textile Restoration, or Commercial Launderer, including investing in a comprehensive Insurance Program to ensure that you are financially protected against claims. Our program, Fabricare Advantage™, offers overall business insurance coverages including General Liability, Property, Site Pollution Liability, Boiler & Machinery Equipment Breakdown, Workers’ Compensation, Business Auto, and many more. For a detailed look at how we can help you safeguard your business with a custom-tailored package, please contact our experts today at (800) 243-1811.