6 Warehouse Safety Tips Your Employees Should Know
Working in any warehouse can be dangerous if your employees do not have basic warehouse safety training. The potential risks revolve around tripping on the floor, being hit by a load or driving into a shelf using the forklift, among other dangers. Here are some of the tips that your employees should follow to ensure their safety in the warehouse.
1- Be Mindful of their Surroundings
This means that the employees should understand the risks that come with working in that warehouse. Once they understand the potential risks, they will be able to formulate ways of steering clear of that threat. For example, to avoid a crash when driving forklifts in the vehicle, the employees should only drive this machinery if they have prior training. They should also maintain speed limits and avoid reversing where possible. To avoid tripping or to slip on the floors, ensure the employees know housekeeping basics like wiping any spillages.
2- Keeping the Correct Posture to Protect the Back
When sitting down to do desk work or lifting loads, the workers should keep the right posture. When seated for instance, the shoulders should be in line with the hips for balance. When lifting loads in and out of the warehouse, the employees should know the manual handling weight limits and how to handle the load so as to minimize strain on the back. If you can, then avoid manual handling of loads and use machinery only to load and offload trucks.
3- Keeping Note of Emergency Exists
A report done for 2015/16 showed that 2131 fires were witnessed in various industrial premises. This goes to show that the possibility of a fire breaking out in a warehouse is quite high. At the same time, fires in a warehouse are likely to spread faster because of the wide spaces and the content of the loads, which have been stored there in the premise. To avoid fatalities in case of a fire, ensure the employees know the emergency exists. At the same time, you should carry out fire drill frequently to show them how to go about it. The employees should know where the fire alarms are and designate a fire warden to take charge in case there is an emergency.
4- Ensuring Safe Use of Tools and Machinery
It is common practice for the employees to load or offload pallets on racking. To avoid the pallets from falling on people, the employees should use the right weight and height capacity that is recommended by the manufacturer. They should also use stretch or shrink wrapping to support the pallets and prevent them from falling. Make sure the pallets are inspected before use to ensure there are no nails or loose splinters. As they work and handle hazardous material, the employees should be dressed in personal protective equipment to avoid any injury.
5- Wearing Correct Safety Equipment
The purpose of wearing personal protective gear is to minimize the effects of an injury if an accident was to happen. One of the protective gadgets your employees should have include the hard hats. They should be of good quality and legitimate so that they honor the manufacturer’s standards. Besides, the protective gadgets should have high visibility jackets especially when vehicles are around. The shoes should have anti-slip soles to prevent slip accidents. Depending on the nature of the warehouse, the employees should have eye protection in the form of goggles to prevent debris from getting into the eye. They should also have ear plug-in to protect the ears from loud noise.
6- Attending Safety Training Workshops
All the safety measures can only be learned if the employees attend safety training seminars and workshops. The training should cover both the technical safety measures and the practical aspect as well. They should also be aware of who to report an accident in case one occurs. It could be an immediate supervisor or a person designated to handle emergency issues in the warehouse. The employees should understand that the supervisor is mandated to keep the working environment safe and will ensure the unsafe condition is rectified and made safe for the employees.
It is the responsibility of the warehouse owner to ensure safety is put first.