In a typical work setting, textile machine operators:
- Have a low level of social contact. They talk to supervisors in person to get information, but work mainly with machines.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of those working near them.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other operators.
- May work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Daily wear protective glasses or masks and ear plugs. Extruding machine operators may wear protective shoes and clothing when working with certain chemicals.
- Are often exposed to contaminants. This is more likely for bleaching and dyeing machine operators.
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- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that could produce cuts or minor burns.
- Work physically near others.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cost the company money because of lost time and materials.
- Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the machinery.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Sometimes can set their daily tasks and goals without seeking input from a supervisor first.
- May work night and weekend shifts. Many textile and fiber mills operate 24 hours a day.
- Usually work 40 hours a week.