Maintaining health and safety is an important aspect within everyday life as potential hazards, which can cause variable levels of injuries and subsequent stress, are in close proximity within residential and commercial properties across the United Kingdom, in addition to being within public areas and on the road. For companies across all business industries, integrating policies which protect the safety and wellbeing of themselves and employees is a mandatory requirement based on the legal obligation to provide all staff members with a safe workspace and adequate equipment in which to carry out their respective line of work efficiently and productively. Whilst all respective industries come with their own risks and hazards which may be competently identified and dealt with via risk assessments, the numbers of potential hazards which are evident within the manufacturing industry are significantly greater due to the extensive heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals used on a daily basis to mass produce products and materials.
Industrial automation systems are an important feature across all manufacturing buildings as it allows companies to adequately and competently complete orders for products and materials to a set deadline. Although all employees receive extensive training in handling heavy machinery (or may already be qualified prior to employment), in addition to adequate provisions via clothing and tools, all industrial automation systems require an element of safety and control due to the extensive dangers posed by chemical emissions which can seriously affect the health and condition of employees if it is not detected immediately. Such dangers illustrate the true importance of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to be fitted upon all machinery and within strategically-placed locations within the interior of a manufacturing building. The application works via a hardware and software system whereby the former is placed upon each individual machine which then sends a data feed to the latter during production processes that provides accurate calculations of performance and emissions caused by burnt fuel and electrical currents.
Accompanied with a control system which is fitted with an alarm to alert employees of any dangerous chemical emissions that create an unsafe working environment, the integration of SCADA not only ensures a company adheres to government legislation on health and safety issues, but also provide the security and peace of mind to employees that their safety and wellbeing is thoroughly considered by their employer. This ensures all employees gain the confidence to remain productive within an environment which is fit for purpose with all essential precautions in case undetectable chemical emissions to the naked eye begin to build.
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