Safety in your Warehouse - 28 Top Tips!

 

It may be September, but it is also #Safetember, a month dedicated to safety in the warehouse promoted by the Fork Lift Truck Association and its media partner SHD Logistics. That's why we've put together our 28 Top Tips for Safety in your Warehouse.

 

From vehicles to staff training, route plans and racking or storage systems, it is important that a high level of safety is maintained in your warehouse. Not only will it help prevent accidents happening, but we genuinely believe that a safe warehouse is a productive and efficient warehouse.


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28 Top Tips for Safety in your Warehouse!

 

Our 'Top Tips for Warehouse Safety' covers all the below aspects. If you're interested in a particular topic, click on the corresponding link below to head to that section!

 

Vehicles

Protective Equipment

Training

Route Plans

Slips & Trips

Handling

Racking

Safety in the warehouse
Warehouse safety tips for vehicles

Vehicles

 

1. Industrial truck operators need to be trained by a competent person
 

2. Lift trucks should be regularly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations
 

3. When driving a forklift, try not to exceed 5mph
 

4. Never allow anyone who is under the age of 18 and/or not specifically train in forklift operation to operate a forklift
 

5. Maintain a zero-tolerance policy for "stunt driving", or racing

 

 

Did you know: A drive-in racking system is one of the highest density storage systems currently available.

 

Find out more via our product page, including a time-lapse video showcasing a system being installed.

 

 

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Protective Equipment
 

6. According to the law, PPE should be provided to prevent people from getting injured at work.

PPE can include everything from protective footwear and hard hats to respiratory masks and eye goggles - always carry out a risk assessment to ensure each employee is rightly equipped.

 

 

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Warehouse safety tips - protective equipment
Warehouse safety tips - training

Training

 

7. Accidents often occur when staff don't know what they're doing or haven't been properly trained. For this reason, give all new starters a thorough rundown of their job and regular "refreshment" training throughout their time at the company.

 

8. Sometimes staff come and go at a rapid rate, so to ensure people don't get neglected or lost in the system, try to assign them a mentor or a buddy so they can ask a question if management is busy.

 

9. Use the HSE's bulletin service to keep up with current legislation and study the details of the prosecutions.

 

10. Invest in registration to OHSAS 18001:2007, or at least aim to comply with the requirements of the standard. It is not compulsory to have this type of certification but it proves to your staff - and importantly customers - that you have passed all the relevant safety criteria to be awarded it.

 

 

Did you know: We can provide Rack Safety Inspection Training sessions for a minimum of 1 person / maximum of 8 persons - delivered on-site.

Get in touch to find out more.

 

 

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Route Plans

 

11. Think about how you will communicate with visiting drivers who do not speak and/or only have a limited vocabulary or understanding of English e.g. provide copies of your site rules, illustrated with pictograms, to cover expected foreign languages.

 

12. Workplace traffic routes should be suitable for the people and the vehicles using them.

 

13. Where vehicles and pedestrians use the same traffic router, there should be adequate separation between them.

 

14. With traffic routes minimise the need for reversing and avoid sharp bends and blind corners.

 

 

Did you know: We offer a free warehouse space planning service.

Let us design the best route and storage setup for your warehouse operation.

 

 

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Warehouse safety tips - route plans
Warehouse safety tips - slips and trips

Slips & Trips

 

15. Try to stop the floor getting contaminated - and if it does, clean it!

 

16. Avoid trips - plan workflows to make sure that goods, equipment and waste do not cause obstructions or project into places where people may walk.

 

17. Use products such as anit-slip paint and tape which can be used to create a much safer workplace.

 

18. Equip packing stations with impact absorbing, anti-slip industrial floor mats to relieve the stress placed on employees' knees, shins, and ankles when they work entire shifts standing in one place.

 

19. Place visual warnings like signs and strips of brightly coloured tape and temporary barriers along loading dock edges to prevent employees from accidentally walking off.

 

20. If power cords or hoses must be run across walkways or open areas, cover them with heavy-duty cord covers to prevent tripping hazards, as well as to protect the cables from run-over damage.

 

 

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Handling

 

21. Carry out a manual handling risk assessment for manual handling operations and tasks that present a risk of injury.

 

22. Where appropriate, redesign tasks to avoid the need to move loads manually, instead use mechanical handling devices, e.g. lift trucks, pallet trucks, trolleys.

 

 

Did you know: You can optimise your materials handling operation by making sure your warehouse storage systems are at the correct height.

 

We offer a complimentary warehouse appraisal service. Find out more.

 

 

 

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Warehouse safety tips - racking and shelving

Racking

 

23. Never use pallets on forklift trucks for accessing work at height or as working platforms.

 

24. With racking systems, mezzanines etc. you can use anti-collapse mesh or netting on the back of racks or on handrails to prevent objects falling below.

 

25. Pallets should be loaded correctly to ensure load stability; banding, shrink or stretch wrap can help with this.

 

26. Protect racking if it is likely to be struck by lift trucks and other vehicles - upright protection in any form can be a cost-effective way to help eliminate the risk of damage caused by your materials handling equipment!

 

27. Inspect racking regularly - visual inspections at regular intervals and "expert" inspections carried out at intervals by a competent person - an expert for racking inspections is a SEMA Approved Rack Inspector / SARI.

 

28. Never climb on racking!

 

 

Did you know: It is highly recommended that you have an inspection carried out on your storage systems at least once a year.

We provide a full inspection service, starting from £450 + VAT.

 

 

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