Metal fabrication: Improving safety through work area layout and design

How to use work area layout and design to reduce or eliminate workplace health and safety risks in the metal fabrication industry.


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Improving safety through layout and design in the metal fabrication industry covers many workplace factors, including work area layout. Creating a safe workstation or area depends on the worker’s task. This document outlines ways workplaces can improve safety by reviewing:

  • how to design for the best working zone (between the shoulders and knees)
  • how to think about height in designing the best working zone
  • how to consider the use of devices for the safe positioning of work pieces
  • how to consider safe work ventilation systems
  • how to consider and incorporate handling equipment to help workers move pieces
  • the safe storage and use of personal protective equipment