Safety in a warehouse is extremely important because you are dealing with the storage of thousands, if not millions, of dollars worth of inventory. You want to make sure that your employees stay safe while they do their job and take precautions before anyone gets hurt.
In order to ensure a safe environment, warehouse employees should be aware of the dangers they face on a daily basis. Safety doesn’t take a break or disappear when it gets dark or busy, so protection needs to be at the top of every employee’s mind at all times.
The three most dangerous surfaces in a warehouse are loading docks, forklifts, and stairs. Forklifts can cause accidents because there is no protection from moving parts. Loading docks have high traffic areas that could lead to other slips and fall as well as forklift accidents if not properly marked and lit. And stairs need to be well furnished so that employees don’t trip while carrying heavy boxes or escaping in an emergency.
Following are some more worthwhile safety tips to follow;
Why do you need to increase safety?
If you’ve ever worked in a warehouse, you know that they can be dangerous places. Workers are often required to lift heavy objects, pushcarts around the building, and climb ladders in order to readjust inventory on different levels.
When injuries occur, they are serious. Around 30% of all nonfatal occupational injuries happen in warehouses alone! Five million workers are injured each year due to overexertion or lifting something that is too heavy. That number is astounding when you think about it because it means that at least one employee is injured every minute in the United States because of their job.
Maintain heating and cooling systems in the warehouse
A common problem in the warehouse is broken heating and cooling systems. And if they break, it can be perilous. Warehouse facilities need to be structurally sound, as well as environmentally friendly. Warehouse heating and cooling systems must be maintained by a professional who understands the unique conditions of warehouses.
The warehouse manager should take steps to maintain both heating and cooling systems for safety and efficiency, starting with regular furnace maintenance.
Making sure heating and cooling systems in a warehouse stay in working order is critical for your safety. You have to make sure that the temperature of your warehouse stays within a safe range, so you don’t face fines, product spoilage, or health risks from extreme heat or cold.
Include safe vehicles and their operations
There is a lot of heavy machinery that operates in a warehouse environment every day. It involves forklifts, conveyor belts, and other pieces of equipment that are very dangerous if not handled properly. Companies need to ensure the safety of their employees by making sure they use safe vehicles and their operations in the warehouse environment.
There is a lot to think about when it comes to ensuring workers’ safety: Think about what might happen if something goes wrong and how you can prevent it from happening. For example, you might decide to take all your forklift drivers for an annual training session on how to avoid collisions; or provide compulsory in-house training from time to time.
When designing a warehouse, one of the first things you must consider is how to get people and products in and out safely. The best way to do this is with forklifts. Forklifts provide safe transportation for employees, products, and materials throughout the warehouse.
Forklift operators are typically trained on three different types of forklifts: sit-down or walk-behind manual forklifts; electric pallet jacks; and lift trucks that travel on either wheels (dollies) or tracks (ATVs). If your business will be using more than one type of forklift, you need to provide concise training beforehand and provide safety equipment to use with them. Also, purchase your forklifts and other machinery carefully. Buy used forklifts that are safe to use and have been maintained.
Encourage precautionary wear – PPE
The right PPE (personal protective equipment) can greatly improve the safety of employees in a warehouse. It’s important to make sure they are wearing gloves, boots, and other appropriate clothing for their work environment.
A study published in the Journal of Hand Therapy indicates that more than half of all warehouse workers suffer some form of occupational injury every year. The most common injuries occur to the back, shoulders, and hands. Many injuries are related to poor ergonomics on the job, especially when it comes to lifting heavy items.
Preventing employee injury is something we can all do better at; however, developing a safety program in your warehouse may seem like an overwhelming task. But with a few extra training sessions and guidelines for wearing safety equipment, things can soon become safer.