Amburgey also writes all of Kreider Corp.’s safety policies and procedures, reviewing all related OSHA standards and checking them against company policies to ensure compliance.
“I also deal with any injuries and make sure that our employees receive proper treatment,” he says. “I follow up on treatment, making sure injured employees get to their doctor appointments when they need to be there. I also check on employees with work restrictions to make sure they are working within those restrictions, and manage any paperwork related to injuries and recoveries.”
Responsible for Training, Too
Amburgey works across both shifts to conduct new-employee, forklift and equipment-safety training, typically bringing second-shift employees in early to train on first shift.
“But I do pop in occasionally on second shift to conduct spot inspections,” he says.
As safety and maintenance manager, Amburgey splits his time between the two tasks.
“Of course, safety takes priority over everything else here but if a machine breaks down I have to ensure that my maintenance technician has the tools and equipment he needs to make the required repairs.”
Minding the Equipment
Another part of Amburgey’s safety job: personally install all safety guarding and sensors on machinery.
“All of our automated machinery employ safety light curtains of various lengths,” he explains, “and for die protection we use lasers to detect part ejection or in some cases mini-screens that function similarly to light curtains but with much faster response times. And we employ hard guards wherever required by OSHA—if we don’t have safety light curtains around the equipment or don’t have two-hand controls, we must use hard guards. So we guard the sides and the backs of all of our equipment with light curtains across the front, though we do use light curtains for complete perimeter guarding on some of our machinery. And I’ve updated all of our machinery with dual-processor, solid-state controls to replace the old relay logic.”
Meetings Get the Message Across
Is all that enough to keep a safety manager busy? Certainly, but don’t forget the safety-related meetings.
“We convene a staff meeting every Monday morning with safety and training as topics of discussion,” Amburgey says. The meetings include the company vice president, foreman and scheduling manager as well as engineering and plant superintendents to ensure that the entire plant is on the same safety and training page.
Amburgey also holds informal toolbox meetings any time new equipment is installed. Such a meeting covers machine shutdown procedures, and the safety features and basic operation of the new piece of equipment. MF