Eleven Tips For Warehouse Safety

by PM Today / 8/13/2019 6:10:46 PM

When managing a warehouse, safety is always a top concern. Warehouses can be dangerous places, with heavy machinery and trip hazards. Take care of your staff with these tips for warehouse safety. 

  1. Make sure any staff working in the warehouse are wearing proper protective clothing, such as hard hats, gloves, high-visibility vests, belts, eyewear and proper footwear. High-visibility vests reduce the risk of accidents involving forklifts or other vehicles. Footwear should have good grip to prevent slips, and should be sturdy to protect the feet in case of things being dropped. 
  2. Keep all areas clear and free of debris. Clear away any discarded packaging to reduce the risk of trips and falls. 
  3. Make sure the warehouse has safe flooring. Resin flooring is a good choice for the warehouse environment, as it is easy to keep clean and isn’t easy to slip on. 
  4. Practice good aisle safety, and put in place warehouse rules to keep staff safe when moving around the warehouse. If you use forklifts or other machinery in the aisles, set up dedicated walkways to keep people and vehicles separate. Encourage staff to stay alert and always check before walking around the warehouse. 
  5. Make sure the only staff members who use any machinery are ones who have been properly trained to do so. Hold regular refresher training to keep machinery skills up to date and keep staff safe. 
  6. Provide tools to help with lifting heavy stock to protect staff from injuring themselves. Give staff training on how to safely lift heavy items to avoid back injury, and make sure they know to get help with things they can’t lift on their own. 
  7. Be aware of the weight restrictions of any racking, shelves or lifting equipment, and be sure that those restrictions aren’t ignored. Train staff to fill shelves safely to avoid stock falling and becoming damaged. If shelves are overloaded, they can become a real hazard. 
  8. Enforce uniform rules to keep staff safe. Require them to wear clothes that aren’t too baggy or loose fitting to avoid them getting caught in any machinery. Restrict the wearing of jewellery too, to avoid accidents. 
  9. Clearly mark the emergency exits, and make sure the doors and the route to them is never blocked with stock, empty packaging or anything else. Hold regular fire drills to make sure all staff are familiar with the escape routes in case of a real emergency.
  10. Keep a proper first aid kit, and make sure it’s stocked. Check it regularly to make sure the contents are still in date and ready to be used. The warehouse should have some staff who are first aid trained, so you can safely respond to any accidents. Keep a proper record of any accidents, as this could help you identify any problems that need to be sorted out to prevent further injuries, and could also help you if an injured employee ever tries to claim compensation. 
  11. Make sure any safety issues are reported to the proper people, and are handled immediately. An issue left could lead to accidents, so be sure to deal with them swiftly. 

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