Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Safety Challenges and Solutions



Like manufacturers in all industries, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their employees face real and serious health and safety issues. In some cases, the hazards are the same ones we find in most manufacturing facilities. In other cases, the hazards are more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Likewise, pharmaceutical manufacturers use hazard controls and risk mitigations that are common to many industries as well as more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing, including all levels of the hierarchy of controls, from elimination down to administrative controls such as training for pharmaceutical safety and the use of PPE.

We'll look at some pharmaceutical manufacturing challenges (hazards) and solutions (controls) below.

Safety and Health Hazards in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

In addition to the kind of general occupational safety and health hazards you might find in many manufacturing facilities (slips, trips, and falls; mobile equipment; improper lifting and resulting back injuries; etc.), pharmaceutical manufacturing often includes hazards such as:

  • Flammable and combustible materials
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Biologic hazards
  • Ergonomic strains related to repetitive motion and/or awkward working positions
  • Other lab safety hazards (sharp glass, etc)

Hazard Control and Risk Mitigation Strategies for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry

Occupational safety in the pharmaceutical industry begins with the same kind of basics all manufacturers use:

Additionally, employees engaged in pharmaceutical manufacturing benefit from training on:

We provide online pharmaceutical manufacturing training courses and solutions, including a learning management system and safety management software, that can help you improve the safety performance of your pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. We encourage you get in touch with us to see how we can help you on your pharmaceutical safety journey.

Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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