Health & Safety in the Warehouse: #Safetember Tips
Health and safety is a most important yet none-the-less overlooked aspect of warehouse culture. On-site accidents and injuries can lead to all sorts of problems including a drop in productivity levels, extended periods of time-off and even lawsuits. Find out how you can improve on these problems and develop your own warehouse safety culture in our latest #Safetember infographic / blog.
The Problems in Health & Safety
Non-fatal injury notifications from employers are substantially underreported, with current levels of reporting estimated at below half.
76,000 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 293 per 100,000 employees.
Within the storage and warehousing industry, slips and trips are a serious problem. They are responsible for a third of major injuries (resulting in broken bones, hospitalisation etc.) and a fifth of over 3 day absence injuries.
An estimated 2 million people were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational illness in the UK. They affect one million people a year and account for more than 40% of RIDDOR-reported over 3 day injuries in warehouses.
Industrial trucks account for a large proportion of accidents in warehouses. Many of these accidents are due to operator error associated with inadequate / or lack of training.
But What Can You Do To Improve It?
Have a document available that explains responsibilities and procedures on health and safety. Ensure this is available to ALL staff.
Set aside a budget each year for health and safety measures and updating equipment in your establishment.
Arrange regular and free medical examinations to monitor staff health and welfare and ensure your working conditions are the best they can be.
Make sure all visiting and other staff are fully briefed so they are aware of the information they need to conduct their work safely.
Ensure health and safety issues are discussed regularly at the top level of management, and that findings are filtered down to ALL members of your workforce.
Display health and safety information on an easily accessible noticeboard. Ensure positive information is also displayed, where possible.
Four Benefits of a Safety Culture
Better health and safety means less absences in your warehouses. 23.3 million days were lost due to ill-health. 4.1 million days were lost due to work-related ill-health.
Injuries and new cases of ill-health resulting largely from current working conditions cost society an estimated £14.3 billion in 2013/14.
Productivity within the business will increase as you won't need to spend time training a temporary staff workforce to cover sick or injured staff.
And most importantly... Fewer injuries and a happier team.
All information was provided supplied by Flexible Training or was sourced by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) at www.hse.gov.uk. Flexible training are a local supplier of training and assessments. They offer a range of of day courses from health and safety awareness to management and supervision training days.