Cleanliness is important for any manufacturing facility but when it comes to plastic manufacturing in particular it is an absolute must especially when manufacturing items for food or medical applications.

Keeping things clean is important for not only your plant but your machinery too. Dirty machines are difficult to operate and inspect. The build-up of dirt, grime and grease can easily contaminate the products you’re manufacturing which is a huge problem.

Maintaining a clean facility and clean machinery doesn’t have to be a mammoth task. These tips and tricks should help you keep everything in line.

See to spills immediately

If a spill occurs it’s important that you see to it immediately to mitigate the risk of injury, fire and contamination especially if the liquid is flammable like oil.  If the spill is as a result of a leak, put down an absorbent pad to soak up the liquid. It may not be a permanent solution but it will certainly help to mitigate some risk while you attend to the cause of the leak.

Provide the necessary tools

If you want your team to keep the equipment and workspace clean you need to make the process as easy, safe and comfortable as possible by providing them with the necessary tools to keep the space clean. From cloths to mops and spray guns there are many tools on the market today designed specifically for manufacturing facilities to make the cleaning process as easy as possible.

Use the correct chemicals 

It’s important to make sure that you select the correct cleaning agents for your machinery and your facility. You should avoid the use of harsh chemicals and consider ones that are water based degreasing agents that are non-toxic and biodegradable. Not only will these be better for your machines they will be better for your staff as well.

Lookout for part 2 of our post with some more tips on keeping your plant and machinery clean.