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Safety Guards During Handling of Pharmaceutical Equipment

Safety is most important part of the manufacturing process. Safety guards must be followed during the manufacturing and packing process.
Working pharmaceutical manufacturing can be very dangerous especially if the right precautions are not followed or the working environment is not up to the standard. In every year, various workers in the pharmaceutical industry globally suffer varying forms of injuries that expose them to various risks and even death while handling pharmaceutical equipment. As such, this makes it very crucial to come up with safety guards in pharmaceutical equipment that will help prevent such injuries.

Disposing of used pharmaceutical equipment after usage exposes the environment to very detrimental risks. Some of the risks involved with poor disposal of such equipment are spread of infection considering that they have contact with dangerous chemicals that can bring major risks in the environment. Some of the equipment can also cause major injuries like deep cuts or pricks if they are not well handled or instructions of use are not effectively followed.

Safety Guards During Handling of Pharmaceutical Equipment
I have identified various machine safety guards that can be utilized while handling pharmaceutical equipment.
- All pharmaceutical equipment should be well labeled to ensure that they are not wrongly utilized something that can cause hazards.
- There should be some safety and instruction guards for every pharmaceutical equipment so as to protect the users from injuries that could arise from the wrong handling of the equipment.
- For the equipment with plunger rod insertions, they should have sensors that alert the user if they are not well inserted.
- All containers handling different pharmaceutical types of equipment should also be well labeled.
- The pharmaceutical environment should be well ventilated to allow good circulation of air that is essential in destroying hazards that come with exposure to varying forms of chemicals.

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- Pharmacists are also exposed to strains that could be as a result of repetitive duties like filling drugs in bottles. Such injuries can be minimized by introducing automated tools that could minimize physical tasks.
- They should ensure that the tools that they use are properly functioning and well-fixed to avoid risks of electrocution and burns.
- The pharmaceutical equipment should always be clean and well sterilized to avoid contamination and spread of diseases.
- While using pharmaceutical equipment, it is important to ensure that circuits are not overloaded since this can lead to the fire, electric shock, burns or even death.
- Equipment that pierces like needles should be carefully handled to avoid the spread of infections from patients.

Related: SOP for Handling the Accidents

These machine safety guards in Pharmaceutical Equipment can greatly help in minimizing hazards and dangers exposed to pharmacists during their daily duties.

Ankur Choudhary is India's first professional pharmaceutical blogger, author and founder of Pharmaceutical Guidelines, a widely-read pharmaceutical blog since 2008. Sign-up for the free email updates for your daily dose of pharmaceutical tips.
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