The Plastics Industry and Manufacturers Insurance
The plastics industry employs over 1.1 million workers in the U.S. Plastic, glass and paper products are three major industries that provide packaging for a variety of products sold in stores and businesses across the nation. There are, however, safety concerns when it comes to the plastics industry. These are due to the raw materials being used and the actual processing of the plastics, known to create harmful fumes when exposed to intense heat. Because of these health hazards, manufacturers insurance is needed to ensure that any illness arising from working with these materials will be covered.
Health hazards from constant exposure
Plastic, when heated in the manufacturing process, produces fumes, which may severely irritate the lungs, eyes and nasal mucosa of workers exposed to them. In some cases, over time the effects may become chronic and irreversible. There are many safety measures that need to be taken to ensure that accidental exposure to these toxic fumes does not occur. Measures to reduce risks include scheduling regular maintenance of the processing plant and adhering to the recommended temperatures for working with plastics.
Fire prevention is equally important
Some of the materials used in the plastics industry are highly flammable and can therefore present a fire hazard. Expandable polystyrene (EPS) bead, for example, contains an extremely flammable gas. A fire could be the direct result of the accidental ignition of leaking gases. Certain safety precautions, not smoking anywhere near where the substance is being stored or used, and ensuring that any heaters used are inspected thoroughly because they may pose a risk of igniting the EPS bead.
For these reasons, its important that any business owner engaging in the manufacturing of plastic products have proper manufacturers insurance coverage to protect their workers, as well as their business. Costly raw materials, innovative equipment, uninterrupted production cycles, pollution, product liability, and shipment issues should all be considered as well as they pose a serious threat to the success of these types of operations.
Look into the type of risks and exposures associated with this type of manufacturing and find suitable coverage for the type of concerns raised in this article. Speak to an agent, one that specializes in the plastics industry that can provide the best answers and solutions.