In a typical work setting, metal and plastic processing workers:
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers. This applies mainly to operators who set up machines for other workers.
- Have a low level of social contact. They work mostly with machines and materials.
- Communicate mostly by face-to-face discussions and telephone.
- Often work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Nearly always work indoors.
- Regularly wear protective attire, such as safety glasses, earplugs, or face masks.
- Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
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- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment or conditions.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that produce cuts or minor burns.
- May work physically near others.
- Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Errors could endanger the safety of workers.
- Must allow the work pace to be determined by the speed of the machinery.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Usually work under the direction of supervisors.
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- Must meet daily and weekly deadlines.
- Usually work a 40-hour week. However, overtime is common during periods of increased production.
- May be required to work nights and weekends, if working in a shop that operates more than one shift per day.