Warehouse Safety Tips: Ensuring a Secure Working Environment

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June 2024 marks the 28th annual National Safety Month, a month aimed to increase workplace awareness of safety and health risks. With heavy machinery, forklifts, and other equipment, warehouses can be dangerous if effective safety measures aren’t in place. Safe working environments can also improve productivity and efficiency, increasing company performance. Use our warehouse safety tips as a starting guide to ensure your work environment is safe.

Ensure Proper Material Handling

It is crucial to properly move, store, and transport materials, equipment, and products in warehouses to save time and money. In fact, a workplace injury costs an average of $40,000, which a safe working environment can often prevent. In 2022, the total cost of workplace injuries was $167 billion, including wage and productivity loss, medical expenses, and administrative expenses. Additionally, 108 million days were lost to workplace injuries that occurred in 2022 and injuries from prior years. Implementing ergonomic practices in warehouses can help prevent injuries, including having a proper facility layout and training employees in proper lifting techniques.

Perform Regular Maintenance on Equipment

Regular inspections, service, and repairs can identify potential issues before they become a problem. Failing machinery puts employees at risk, and can be mitigated by following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and having a certified technician perform routine inspections. Additionally, it is essential to have spare parts on hand to repair quick fixes and reduce machine downtime. Regular equipment maintenance, including cleaning and worn part replacement, is necessary to identify potential hazards or defects.

Use Equipment as Intended

Ensuring equipment is only used for its intended purpose reduces malfunction, decreases the risk of accidents, and protects warranties. Modifying or altering equipment can compromise its intended safety features, increasing the chance that an accident may occur. It was reported in 2022 that there were over 227,000 preventable workplace injury-related deaths, an increase of 0.9% year-over-year.

Educate Employees

Training employees on how to operate equipment gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions when handling equipment. By providing comprehensive training programs, businesses can empower their workforce, maximize equipment performance, and create a safer and more efficient work environment. Educating employees on the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that needs to be worn in the facility can also reduce workplace injuries. Wearing PPE, such as safety goggles, gloves, ear protection, and steel-toed boots, can protect employees from potentially hazardous situations, like flying debris and chemical splashes.

As preventable injuries are at an all-time high in the United States, it is important to implement safety standards and precautions to increase employee health and well-being.

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