Tips for Glass Handling Safety
As you might expect, at St. Cloud Window we frequently handle glass. Glass handling safety is one of our key concerns. For anyone working with glass, there are a few tips to follow to ensure the safety of your crew.
Glass Magazine offers these 16 tips for glass handling safety:
- CARRY GLASS to your side with two hands.
- NEVER CARRY glass under your arm or above your head.
- ALWAYS USE two team members to move large sheets of glass.
- USE PROPER hand and body position such that you are not in the “line of fire” in the event of breakage.
- REPLACE worn safety equipment prior to performing the job.
- DO NOT stand or walk on broken glass.
- NEVER break glass into smaller pieces with your foot or hand.
- DO NOT hold on to broken glass or try to stop falling glass; move out of the way to a safe location.
- DO NOT reach or catch glass by the corner of the lite.
- ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings and other team members.
- INSPECT containers and glass before unpacking, which is essential to reducing potential hazards.
- ENSURE that no team members are in the area of glass movement.
- DO NOT stand on racks.
- ENSURE that glass is strapped to the rack before moving it.
- OBSERVE strapping for wear and replace if necessary.
- BE AWARE of forklift truck traffic and never stand in front of any container or rack of glass when it is being moved or being set down. Verify that the rack is secure.
Along with glass handling, it’s important to remember your hearing as well. OSHA has noted a frequent lack of hearing protection when glass is cut.
All glass should be handled safely and there are many types of glass for many different applications. Contact us today to find out what glass, and what window, is right for your projects’ needs.