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Societal and moral factors, health and safety

Risk assessment

protective goggles

Protective clothing minimizes the risk of injury during the manufacture of products.

Health and safety is a key factor in all areas of industry. Manufacturers are expected to ensure that both employees (makers) and customers (end users) are safe. They must put procedures in place to ensure safe working practices and that products will meet the safety standards in each country where they are sold.

Manufacturers are required to identify and assess all potential risks in the manufacturing environment. This is called risk assessment. It affects product manufacturing, choice and use of components, tools, equipment and work. Once a risk or hazard has been identified, safe working practices are implemented, for example the use of eye protection where there is a potential risk.

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