Inside the Warehouse: How to Cultivate a Safe Work Environment

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When warehouse safety is mentioned, the general idea is that everything is fine and nothing needs to be changed. You know that your workers take shortcuts, but you do not expect the worst from them. You don’t have to wait until an accident occurs until you improve safety measures. Here are several ways to build a safer, less accident-prone environment for your warehouse.

Encourage Training

Knowing how to use warehouse equipment is not the same as using it the right way. Require that your employers train in the proper use of forklifts and heavy machinery. Courses are available to help any warehouse worker obtain a forklift or heavy vehicle license. Start your studies anew or refresh the skills you have now.

The main tip is to be confident with the quality of training offered. Find affordable courses and qualified instructors through companies like the Advanced Heavy Vehicle Training Centre. Find a program that provides a solid foundation of learning for your workers.

Designate Safety Zones

Designate zones for the trucks to load and unload safely. Create separate zones where it is safe to walk and avoid falling equipment. Make signs to make everyone know where the most dangerous machinery is and stay alert of dangers.

Eliminate Obvious Hazards

Most accidents are easily preventable with warning signs beforehand. Some slips and falls are caused by spills that should have been removed earlier. Prevent malfunctioning equipment by following a basic maintenance schedule. Avoid the mix up of chemicals by labeling each container properly. Look over the entire warehouse to note the obvious hazards.

Take Safety Seriously

The most basic tip is to take safety seriously. Do not assume that you can take shortcuts and bend safety rules to work faster. Refuse to let any worker operate machinery without a hard hat, gloves and proper work shoes. Encourage the use of forklifts to lift heavy items instead of bare hands.

Promote awareness by encouraging your workers to yell out commands often. Let drivers know when to stop if they are backing up. Yell out to others who walk into the line of danger.

Accidents are not intentional but each one is preventable. Your workers do not want to be injured, but they are because they are not familiar with the right safety precautions. They already know about the constant dangers of working in a warehouse, so keep them aware about the importance of remaining safe.

My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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