Warehouse Safety Procedures Should Be Followed Carefully
You need to adhere to racking regulations and safety guidelines to keep your workers protected
Warehouse safety procedures need to be followed vehemently—no matter the size of your warehouse or the nature of the items you store. You need to be aware of the racking regulations in place for your industry and the warehouse safety guidelines that you need to follow to keep your workers out of harm’s way.
At 1 Stop Rack Services, we provide warehouse safety inspections so that you can get your storage space up to par with guidelines and regulations. We have helped many businesses—including some who unfortunately had to learn the importance of warehouse safety the hard way. Though it’s best to have us come onsite and assist you with all the details, there are some basic procedures you should be aware of immediately.
The most simple measure might be to simply ensure that your warehouse is free of clutter. Floors, especially aisles, need to be clear of empty pallets and containers, as well as other messes—such as liquid spills and loose cords. Barricades are also important when it comes to warehouse logistics. Loading dock doors need to be properly blocked, and barriers need to be placed on any landing where workers are 4 or more feet off the ground.
What some managers often overlook is the fact that workers have physical limitations. When these boundaries are pushed, it causes unsafe working conditions. For example, employees’ tasks should not be so tightly scheduled that they encourage people to rush in the warehouse. You don’t want workers running around and increasing the chances of tripping, slipping, or falling.
Workers also need to be allowed to rest periodically when exerting great physical force. Fatigue can cause employees to get dizzy, faint, and be physically unstable, which can lead to injury. For this same reason, proper ventilation is also crucial, as hot environments can also lead to fatigue. Employees should also be properly trained on the importance of ergonomics when it comes to handling heavy materials, whether by hand or forklift.
There are also machine risks to be aware of when it comes to warehouse safety. For one, lockout-tagout procedures must be in place. These ensure that large machinery is properly shut off prior to maintenance work. Furthermore, when it comes to bringing new products in or taking products out, it is important to remember that vehicles should be shut off and brakes put on. Pallets should also be inspected for damage before loading and unloading.
Fire risks also pose a huge threat to warehouse safety. In case of fire, you want to make sure that exits and aisles are always clear and that sprinkler systems are operating properly. Furthermore, electrical systems should be inspected for fire risks regularly, and there should be a designated clearance on the sides and tops of pallets to avoid unnecessary risk.
Warehouse safety procedures can vary based on specific racking regulations and city or state guidelines. The ones listed here are only the basics. Let 1Stop help handle all the details and make your warehouse as safe as possible. We are material handling experts that provide rack safety inspections, audits, surveys, and project management solutions. Don’t wait until it’s too late and someone suffers an injury in your warehouse. Call us today at 800-640-5723.