A well-maintained warehouse leads to improved safety and productivity
Warehouses usually act as storage facilities for wholesalers, exporters and importers, manufacturers, and many other entities that require space for bulk storage. They employ numerous employees, so the safety of all workers is a priority. With that said, warehouses can be dangerous places, so it’s important to ensure that there are safety measures in place for all possible issues that may result in injury.
Here are some tips to make sure that your warehouse meets safety standards:
Put Fall Protection Systems in place
Most warehouses have conveyor belts that are prone to damage and require regular maintenance. The conveyor belt system is usually elevated, and safe access is only possible by implementing fall protection systems. Warehouse roofs should have roof anchor points to attach safety harnesses to arrest falls during routine maintenance of conveyor belts.
Safe shelving and racking area
To prevent accidents at the shelving area, employees should assess how much weight a shelf or rack can take and learn how to stack boxes to distribute the weight evenly. This should prevent the shelves and racks from toppling and falling and causing serious injury to workers.
Have safety barriers
Safety barriers are put in place to protect against injury from moving objects. Material Handling Equipment (MHE), which periodically presents a danger, and barriers are put in place to prevent them from impacting columns and racks and preventing them from driving off-ramps.
The warehouse should also have pedestrian barriers to protect from entering dangerous zones or paths of danger.
Have floor striping
Floor striping goes hand in hand with safety barriers. Floor striping is used when passageways need to be marked for the organization for personnel safety. To improve the speed of recognition, consider using bright colors such as red and green.
There should be clear signs to indicate where the fire extinguisher and emergency first aid kit. The signs should also be there for warnings for accident-prone areas. You can use tape to mark floors to avoid collisions by creating traffic flow around the warehouse.
Keep the warehouse tidy and neat
To avoid small injuries, trips, and slips, keep the warehouse clean by tidying up the aisles, making sure that everything is in its correct place. Any spillage that occurs should be cleaned up, and the floor should be free of cracks or damages. Consider using anti-slip mats for oily floors to avoid slips.
Employees should learn to replace pieces of equipment in their right place once they are done with them. A tidy and well-organized warehouse gives easy access to the emergency fire exit and fire extinguishers.
Train employees on safety standards
Safety officers should provide safety training for all employees and training on the equipment to be used in the warehouse. Employees should receive training on the proper way to lift and carry loads, use ladders, and the other equipment required in their work line. They should also be taught how to operate heavy machinery safely to avoid accidents. There should also be refresher training to remember the safety aspects they may have forgotten.
Carry out regular safety inspections
You will be able to catch damages in time and repair them quickly when you conduct regular safety inspections. The employees can give feedback on how to improve their safety in the work environment.
Offer personal protection equipment to employees
Employers are required by law to provide personal protective equipment to their employees. Typical PPE includes protective footwear such as steel-toed boots, hard hats, gloves, and goggles. Employees should wear high visibility and bright clothing material to prevent accidents.
Safety should be the number one priority in the warehouse, and measures should be put in place to ensure that a workplace is a safe place.