Is Your Warehouse Safe?

Is Your Warehouse Safe?

Warehouse activities and maintenance could pose numerous health and safety risks if overlooked or done improperly. Failing to control them could lead to injuries, illnesses, high employee turnover, workplace disruptions, absenteeism, equipment downtime, legal issues, and even deaths.

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Regularly appraising and prioritizing safety and improvements would keep supervisors, managers, and especially workers safe and operations running smoothly.

Here are a few safety measures to ensure a safe and well-run warehouse.

Define Clear Minimum Safety Standards

All employees and workers should become familiar with at least the most important of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. As the warehouse environment continually changes, defining clear minimum standards emphasizes the priority of work safety.

Standards as simple as requiring everyone who enters the facility to wear or use protective gear such as hardhats or safety eyewear would dramatically increase the welfare of the work environment.

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Identify and Eliminate All Potential Hazards

Take the time to identify and evaluate the potential hazards or issues that could cause injury to workers, employers, as well as damage expensive machinery, are. Simple hazards such as floor cracks or holes, dangling cables, spilled liquids, or other potential hazards could become an issue.

On a regular basis, all employees must conduct a safety check on their working environments and equipment. This would not only ensure their well-being but also make them alert and pro-active when working. Safety sweeps also allow you to troubleshoot any potential safety hazards within the warehouse operation.

Establish Good Housekeeping

Another essential element in maintaining a secure warehouse is good housekeeping. Cleanliness and order allow employees and work to function effectively and productively.

Through training procedures, employees should be aware of what and where tools and equipment should go. Keeping the workplace clean and tidy prevents accidents, material damages, and even fire. Additionally, encourage employees and workers to clean up after themselves.

Remember, a clean and well-maintained warehouse is a safer warehouse.

Make Safe Storage and Handling the Standard

Poor material handling could cause bodily harm or equipment damage. Ensure that employees follow proper operating procedures and have access to proper equipment when transporting loads. Also, encourage your employees to help each other if they have difficulty in moving objects.

Conduct regular ergonomic and task-specific training for manual and machine lifting and handling.

Depending on the use, a warehouse could contain stock or items ranging from non-flammable to hazardous chemicals. Improperly stored or stacked objects could damage them or potentially injure workers.

Make sure to communicate with workers proper handling, storage, and identifying and disposing of hazardous chemicals. It is also important that both management and workers are adequately equipped to conduct regular safety inspections of hazardous stock or items.

Provide Up-to-Date Training and Refresher Programs

A well-run warehouse needs employees educated with up-to-date training and refresher courses on safe practices within the workspace. Better informed staff members would greater adhere to procedures regularly as they would be completely aware of the repercussions from not following.

Through regular training programs, workers would also know what to do in case of an accident and avoid unsafe working practices.

We're Here To Help

Our customers are at the center of everything we do. HCO knows that many of you are navigating unprecedented challenges and we’re here to help.

The current economic environment has created stress on many of the core industries that this country relies on to thrive.
- Corporate liquidity is at a premium and the management of your balance sheet is critical.
- Bank and vendor leasing for equipment is tightening as corporate credit ratings are in flux and lenders are focused on securing their own capital.

HCO is leading through this disruption with customized forklift fleet programs that allow companies to 1) replace fleet assets and 2) service those assets without relying on banks or vendors for leasing. Our managed service programs allow companies to secure assets and service programs with no upfront capital, and no end of term lease obligations. We are reinventing the way companies access equipment and service. Please reach out to discuss whether this would be valuable to your company.

As we execute our business continuity plan, we will rely on the guidance from the Center for Disease Control, federal, state, and local governments to guide our decisions to keep our employees and our customers’ employees safe. We are committed to continuing to provide clients with our valuable services.

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