It is suggested that some of the main causes of accidents in a warehouse environment are caused by slips and trips, working at height and moving or falling objects. Whilst many accidents can be seen as unavoidable, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to prevent the vast majority of accidents and safeguard your workforce. Our top 15 warehouse safety tips give a run through of just some of the ways you can prohibit accidents.
1. Ensure and enforce measures to ensure floor space is clear of obstructions and trip hazards at all times.
2. Any spillages should be reported straight away and correct signage used should cleaning have recently taken place that could cause the floor to become slippery.
3. Products such as anti-slip paint and tape are also good preventative measures to reduce the risk of slipping.
4. Warehouse workers themselves can also help avoid accidents by ensuring they have the correct footwear with non slip soles.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
5. Ensure all workers wear the correct clothing for their job. Regulation 4 of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 state that every employer shall ensure that suitable PPE is provided to employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health and safety at work.
7. Personal protective equipment should be considered down to the gloves required. Quite often good grip is required as well as warm lining during cold conditions.
8. Health and safety regulations can be followed to the T but become difficult to enforce and maintain if suitable staff training is not provided. Not only should new starters be briefed and trained appropriately but regular upkeep of training for all workers should be part of in house policies.
9. Quite often, health and safety requirements can change. Workers should be provided the necessary information, especially if it requires changes to their daily operations within the warehouse.
10. Remember, as well as covering the basics, any training in health and safety should include fire safety policies and appropriate use of machinery used within the warehouse.
11. Handling and lifting goods incorrectly can be extremely damaging so all staff should be aware of manual handling techniques.
12. Where possible, manual handling should be avoided and lifting appliances such as fork lift trucks used where possible.
13. Using pallet racking is a great way to ensure safe storage with a minimal risk to warehouse staff. An organised, functional racking system will make for a more efficient and safer working environment.
14. Pallets should always be loaded correctly to ensure load stability.
15. Never using racking for accessing work at height. The appropriate access platform should always be used.
At 3JC, we stock a wide range of equipment to meet your health and safety requirements. From personal protection equipment through to new racking sytems and used racking systems, our full range is compiled with the workplace and warehouses in mind. Should you need any assistance with your requirements, speak to a member of the team today!