Think –  Ask  –  Know  –  Execute

No matter what your job is, we expect everyone to work with safety in mind. As part of our TAKE (T = Think, A = Ask, K = Know, E = Execute) 2 initiative, which reminds us all to pause, evaluate our surroundings, and re-adjust to avoid any potential hazards. We all want to go to come home from work in the same conditions we left home.

What Does TAKE 2 Safety Mean to You?

It means taking the time to recognize the hazard(s) and taking the appropriate steps to protect yourself, your fellow co-workers, clients, customers, family and friends.

Everyone should develop the habit of thinking about safety during a work shift, on the way home, at home or on vacation. Thus, think about safety before you start any job, when you go to do something that is potentially dangerous, when putting on safety equipment and by making sure machine guards are in place.

#1: Hot-melt Adhesives

Hot-melt adhesives are immensely versatile, used in packaging, labeling, woodworking, product assembly, and much more. Not being attentive while using hot-melt adhesives can result in serious burns. Staying safe while using hot-melt adhesives is largely a matter of following common sense and a few best practices.

#2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

One of the best ways to stay safe while using hot-melt equipment is by donning personal protective equipment (PPE). Get in the habit of wear safety glasses, gloves, and any other protective equipment every time hot-melt equipment is used.

#3: Read Your Manuals

Familiarizing yourself with your hot-melt equipment operator’s manual is an investment in your safety. Always refer to the operator’s manual not only tells the best way to set-up and maintain the equipment, but also outlines safety best practices and preventative maintenance.

#4: Pay Close Attention

Many accidents involving hot-melt adhesive happen simply because the operator shifts there focus away from the gluing task. It only takes a moment of distraction to lead to a hot-melt disaster. Continued safety relies on the ability to concentrate on the gluing task.

#5: Check Equipment Before Starting

It’s a good idea for hot-melt operators to visually inspect their equipment for signs of damage or disrepair prior to starting an adhesive task. Performing an equipment check before starting hot-melt adhesive work will help prevent accidents due to faulty machinery.

#6: Preventive Maintenance

Maintaining peak performance helps avoid emergency maintenance calls which can cause hurried, unsafe repair situations, including your own personal safety. Periodical cleaning helps maintain the integrity of the equipment and performance.

#7: Manufacturing Site

Before entering a manufacturing site – know the safety policies, COV-ID restrictions, what to do in an emergency, have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).