By: Shared Interest
Don’t make the mistake of taking shortcuts when it comes to implementing safety protocols for your warehouse. Investing in safety can provide your employees with greater job satisfaction while at the same time reducing injury-related absences. The money that you put into creating a safe work environment will more than pay for itself by improving productivity, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing workplace accidents and injuries.
Consider implementing the following warehouse safety practices to create a safer work environment for your employees:
1. Make Safety Equipment Mandatory
Don’t leave it up to your employees as to whether or not they want to use safety equipment – make it mandatory. All heavy lifting should be done using hydraulic dollies or forklifts to prevent back injuries. Invest in hard hats and safety glasses for workers, specifying all of the circumstances under which these items should be worn. Mark all of your emergency exits clearly, using signs that are eye-catching and easy to understand. Invest in a sprinkler system for your building and make sure to properly maintain it.
Although getting your warehouse set up for safety does take a relatively large upfront investment, it will pay for itself over time by helping to minimise workplace injuries and by reducing absenteeism.
2. Address Potential Hazards
Set up recurring safety inspections for your warehouse. Pay particular attention to items that employees could slip on or trip over such as spilt fluids or loose electrical cords. Examine the floor itself, as well, looking for any cracks or uneven areas that could cause your workers to fall or that could damage your equipment.
3. Train Employees How to Lift Heavy Items Safely
All employees should be educated on proper lifting techniques. They should start by identifying the best method for transporting each item that … Read More ...