Warehouse safety managers should be committed to the health and safety of their employees. It’s essential to recognize that every workplace has hazards of some sort. All employees working in warehouses should follow some simple rules that will help ensure safety in the warehouse. There are many hazards to be aware of, such as motorized vehicles, slips, trips, falls, heavy products that must be moved and stored correctly, and various tools and procedures. Here are eight steps every warehouse employee should follow to remain safe in the warehouse.
Number one: If not wearing proper personal protective equipment or PPE, stay within walking lanes identified by painted lines on the warehouse floor. These lines are typically in areas that are intended to keep employees out of harm’s way.
Number two: If going outside of yellow safety lines, always ensure you have the proper PPE. Proper PPE includes safety footwear and a high visibility vest shirt or another CSA-approved garment.
Number three: Stay aware and watch for motorized vehicles. Drivers may be distracted or lose sight of pedestrians from time to time. When it comes to forklift safety, never walk under a load. In addition, never walk beneath raised forks.
Number four: Always be sure to store materials properly. Materials should be stacked straight to avoid toppling. Racking systems should never be overloaded. Employees should always follow requirements, and drywall should never be leaned.
Number five: Be sure to use proper fall protection equipment. Follow procedures whenever the job requires employees who have received basic fall protection training. Managers should train these employees to use specific fall arrest systems and are permitted to do so.
Number six: Practice good housekeeping. Good housekeeping means ensuring materials are stored in their proper place, and floors and workspaces are kept clean and clear of debris. Don’t forget to clean up any spills immediately. Keeping a clean and organized workspace will reduce the chance of slips and trips, and falls.
Number seven: Practice good communication when working with another employee. Communication is critical while loading material and strapping a truck. Forklifts moving equipment and straps being thrown can create an issue if proper communication techniques are not attended.
Number eight: Be sure to get training when performing any procedure you are unfamiliar with. Proper training is also necessary when using tools and equipment that you haven’t been trained on before. This might include hand tools, safety equipment, or other items used to complete your job safely.
There may be other items you come across where you’re unsure or have questions. If this happens or notices a hazard that has gone unaddressed, report it immediately to your supervisor. Your supervisor will take the time to go over the issue or concern in each location. You should check the bulletin board for regular safety reminders, announcements, and updates. A bulletin board is a good source of important information that can assist you in performing your job.
If you have questions or you’d like more information, it’s essential to bring these questions to your supervisor. Another person to talk to is a member of the health and safety committee in your location. If you aren’t sure who to talk to you can contact your HR department. They can guide you in the right direction. If the whole team works together and each does their part, it’s possible to remain healthy and safe. Following these steps, we’ve just identified help you avoid injuries and accidents in the warehouse.