Warehouse safety is paramount when it comes to protecting employees in the workplace from potential hazards and injuries. There are thousands of operational warehouses across the nation today that follow appropriate guidelines and rules to ensure the workplace is a safe environment for all of those involved. There are many things you can do, as a business, to continually improve safety procedures and train employees to do the same.
A health and safety policy in the workplace is required by law. This includes a written policy if there are more than 5 employees, a statement of general policy regarding health and safety, a statement on the organisation, arrangements, and guidelines put into place for putting the policy into practice, reviews and risk assessments on a regular basis.
Now that we’ve got you up to speed on health and safety in the workplace, we’re going to look at what not to do when you’re in the warehouse.
What Not To Do
Obstruct Walkways – Although this seems like an obvious ‘what not to do’, it’s an extremely common mistake people make in the workplace. Warehouse floors should be free of all slip and trip hazards, free of liquids, tools, and machinery that could pose as a threat and therefore cause harm or injury.
A simple way to overcome the obstruction of walkways is to plan workflows, place warning signs and inspect the route to remove obstructions. Equipment such as machine guarding has the ability to contain machinery and other products that could be in harm’s way.
Deal With Poor Lighting – Visibility is a key factor when it comes to ensuring work tasks are carried out safely and efficiently. Lighting should be inspected regularly by suitable professionals in the workplace.
Wear Unsuitable Footwear – You wouldn’t go for a run wearing a pair of boots unless you’re intentionally looking to give yourself shin splints, and the same goes for footwear in the workplace. It’s important to encourage workers to avoid slips, trips and other hazards that could occur due to incorrect footwear.
Ignore Uneven Surfaces – Although this may not be a common problem, it’s still one that can cause more serious injury and harm to workers, especially those who operate heavy machinery or equipment.
Allow Unqualified Employees To Operate Machinery – Let’s use forklifts as an example, it is required that you have a license to operate a forklift. While workers without the certification may have the skillset to operate such machinery, if an accident was to occur the organisation would be liable and potentially prosecuted. The right training for all members of staff in the workplace should be carried out effectively.
We wouldn’t want to be this guy….
Avoid Best Practice – Improper stacking of loads in the warehouse can lead to various slip and trip hazards. Loads should be stored appropriately and heavier loads should be stacked on lower level shelves. Pallet racking is often used in warehouses and it is reliable, effective and durable to stand the test of many loads.
Manual Lifting & Handling – One of the most common physical injuries in the workplace is caused by improper manual lifting and handling. They can be caused by incorrect techniques, repetitive motions, bad posture, and no training. A way to overcome this is to plan ahead, provide appropriate training and observe work.
Those are our main what not to do in the warehouse, all of which appear to be obvious but go unnoticed on many occasion. It’s essential to follow the appropriate rules and guidelines in the warehouse to maintain safety, promote it and to set a high standard.
Don’t just take our word for it though, we’ve searched the web, specifically YouTube, and found the top 5 warehouse fails so you can see it for yourself.
Top 5 Warehouse Fails
Take a few of our warehouse safety tips before you leave!
Warehouse Safety Tips
- To maintain vehicle safety, it’s crucial to only let certified workers operate forklifts and other vehicle machinery
- Use appropriate warning signs throughout the warehouse
- Provide quality training for staff who work at height
- Maintain the floor to avoid obstructions
- For manual lifting, training should be provided
- Provide staff with personal protective equipment(PPE)
There are many solutions to achieve a safe working environment. If you’re in need of assistance regarding equipment or products we’ve mentioned throughout this article, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so we can help with your requirements.