The Glass Industry and Manufacturing Business Insurance
The glass manufacturing industry produces a wide range of products with each manufacturer specializing in their own distinct type of glass product. The industry is mainly comprised of flat glass manufacturing (including laminated glass), pressed or blown glass, glassware (glass containers such as bottles and jars), and products manufactured from purchased glass, including mirrors, lighting, architectural glass and electronic glassware.
There are glass products in use in almost every walk of life. We drink our beverages from glasses, purchase windows for homes and businesses, even own and buy jewelry often partially made from glass. The applications for this product are endless, however there are also many risks involved in working with, and creating products made from glass. Brokers should discuss the need for manufacturing business insurance with their clients to cover them for risks and exposures associated with this industry.
Common Dangers Associated with Working with Glass
Obviously being cut while handling glass is a presumed danger, and with larger pieces of glass, an accident can result in a severe cut or laceration, even end up being the cause of death. But other dangers loom as well, such as the machinery used in creating glass products, and the microfibers resulting from the cutting of glass, which pose a health threat when inhaled. These fibers can create problems breathing, and can also result in wheezing and coughing, along with more serious issues such as asthma, and nasal and skin irritations.
Workers exposed to glass microfibers have been found to experience many of these symptoms and could become too ill to work due to constant exposure. Proper protective wear, such as goggles and masks, should be worn, particularly when working for extended periods of time.
Additional Risks Associated with Glasswork
High temperatures, toxic dust, and moving machinery parts are the main health and safety issues that are a source of concern. The heavy machinery involved in glass and ceramic manufacturing must be properly operated at all times. Many of the production processes expose workers to high temperatures and solvents. The associated risks to the health and lives of workers can be mitigated through training, protective equipment and technical measures.
The gaseous emissions from kilns and furnaces may contain toxic substances, such as hydrocarbons and fluorides. Fluorides in particular can pose a serious risk to human health. Brokers can help by their clients by providing the proper manufacturing business insurance coverage for workers compensation for employees who may be subjected to all types of exposures and hazards related to this industry.