How to Practice Warehouse Safety

Warehouse safety is a bit of a neglected subject. Workers often lack the time, resources or money to go through the standard procedures. Yet when followed, they present so many benefits- like higher productivity, less workplace disruptions since there’ll be less injuries, avoiding equipment downtime and higher overall employee satisfaction! It merely takes a little more effort so here’s a basic guideline on how you can practice warehouse safety.

Safety Equipment

While more time consuming, safety equipment reduces your chances of injury. Over-confident employees who feel like they already have this one covered on their own will soon regret it when an unfortunate accident comes along. Make sure forklifts and hydraulic dollies are used for equipment that’s too heavy and that all employees wear appropriate eye and headwear at all times. Also make sure there is a plan set up of the building and that all your staff are aware of where the emergency exits are.

Hazards

It’s so incredibly easy to slip and trip on these floors. At the very worst, it can seriously injure you AND damage machinery as well. The floors should be regularly checked for liquids, stray cords as well as cracks and pits.

Labels

Dangerous equipment should always be stored in separate storage areas and these areas should be labelled as hazardous zones. Safe walkways will also need to be highlighted using tape or paint so that employees are aware of their surroundings at all times.

Segment

Segment work areas to divert workers from high traffic areas. With trucks, forklifts and other heavy equipment being used, a worker can never be too safe. So by segregating a safe work path using forklift bollards, you are ensuring the safety of your employees.

Lifting Techniques

When a load is to be transported, your first step is to assess what type of transportation would best suit its movement. If you choose to go through with lifting, you’ll need to check the route to make sure there are no obstacles and also that the workers in the area know of your intentions. Remember to also check that there’s enough space at your location as well. When it comes to lifting too, there’s a series of safety techniques to follow. Firstly, the load should never obstruct your view. Secondly, stay true to the operating procedures while leaning in the direction that is being travelled. And if you don’t have the training, don’t drive the equipment- it’s as simple as that. This is to maintain your professionalism.

Training Courses

Most of the injuries that arise in this work are due to staff cutting corners and not adhering to the necessary safety procedures. This is why they all need refresher courses on the repercussions of cutting costs. They all need to be well aware of standard procedures and every time you hire a new employee make sure to brief them too. Raising this awareness will promote warehouse safety.

Introduce these procedures into your workplace and make sure that they enforced. This will be profitable to you in the long run!

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