Your successful business relies on an efficient warehouse. Deliveries, stocking, storage and more are all integral to your bottom line. But accidents to employees and damage to property can take a big chunk out of it. How can you mitigate these incidents?
Start with discussing these warehouse safety topics at your next company meeting.
Here are just some of the topics to consider at your next warehouse safety meeting. Brainstorming with your colleagues invites discussion about safety opportunities that are unique to your facility.
Many industrial warehouses use forklifts to move heavy pallets and boxes. And forklifts are dangerous. The first step in improving forklift safety is to implement proper training and certification. Check out OSHA standards for driving forklifts and study common hazards with your drivers.
Debris, trash and obstructions are potential dangers. Keeping pathways clear will prevent tire damage to vehicles, trips and falls. A tidy workplace is a safe workplace.
OSHA has extensive recommendations for material handling and storage that protect employees and your inventory. Certain materials need to be bound or wrapped, and other hazardous materials can’t be placed in areas with high heat or near other reactionary materials. Know the layout of your floor plan. Consider protecting high-risk areas of your warehouse with bollards, barriers and guardrails and more.
People need to see where they’re going. Poor lighting and low visibility increase the chances of major accidents. Keep all bulbs and fixtures on at all times. Know where your circuit breaker box is located, too.
Place water-resistant mats and flooring near entrances and exits leading out of your warehouse. Water and ice make the floor slippery, so it’s a good idea to keep mops, buckets, towels and other cleaning supplies handy—no matter the weather.
Every warehouse should have a warehouse manager or supervisor in charge of delegating duties and responsibilities. Daily, weekly and monthly checklists help keep your warehouse running smoothly. Everything from vent and plumbing inspections down to railing checks, footwear and appropriate clothing should be categorized and checked. New equipment should always warrant new safety training.
Discussing safety topics at meetings keep employees aware of potential hazards and establish a chain of command for reporting potentially dangerous situations in the workplace. More information about warehouse safety can be obtained from OSHA.
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OSHA forklift operation: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/pit/operations/maneuvering.html
Did you know that there are 23,000 on the job injuries every day, in the United States alone? Or that damage from forklift collisions often requires multiple, expensive repairs?
Download this guide to learn about ways to prevent these incidents and the consequences of failing to act.