Top Six Warehouse Safety Tips
Category: Equipment and Solutions
Warehouse forklift safety is crucial to keep employees and visitors safe. Heavy machinery, such as a forklift, can be dangerous if not operated correctly and with precaution. To create a safer warehouse environment, follow these six tips for establishing and enforcing warehouse safety procedures.
1. Provide Proper Training
Make sure all of your employees are properly trained on your safety procedures. You should provide safety courses for new employees as well as ongoing education for current employees to keep everyone up-to-date on the latest guidelines. In addition, ensure that only certified employees operate heavy machinery and equipment.
2. Conduct Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance for your forklift and other equipment is essential to ensure a safer warehouse. Establish a maintenance plan that includes regularly scheduled and documented maintenance for all equipment. Report any damage or malfunctions and replace defective parts right away.
3. Establish Pedestrian Awareness
Forklift operators and pedestrians must be aware of each other and take the appropriate precautions. Pedestrians should receive forklift awareness training to learn about the potential hazards of being near a forklift and what they can do to stay safe. Employees should always let the forklift operator know when they are in the area and make eye contact to ensure the operator sees them.
Operators should sound their horn at intersections and near walkways or when exiting an aisle. If an operator’s view is obstructed, they should drive the other way. You can also designate separate pedestrian and forklift traffic areas in your warehouse, and use signage to mark these areas.
4. Wear Protective Gear
Employees operating forklifts or other equipment should always wear protective gear, including but not limited to proper eyewear, hard hats, masks, gloves and appropriate footwear. If you’re not sure what protective gear your employees should be wearing, conduct a hazard assessment to determine the most effective options for clothing and accessories.
5. Use Machine Guards
Machine guards are used to protect employees from hazards such as sparks, rotating parts, flying chips and more. There are many different types of machine guards, including light curtains, two-hand operating devices, barrier guards and more. They are explicitly designed to keep people safe around a machine.
6. Keep the Warehouse Clean and Organized
Maintaining a clean warehouse environment can help reduce the risk of accidents. Employees should undergo training on how to report any spills and the importance of doing so immediately. You may also want to establish a daily and weekly cleaning and maintenance routine for your entire facility. In addition, it can be difficult for a forklift operator to navigate crowded warehouse aisles. Consider implementing best practices for traffic flow and aisle organization to ensure your employees stay safe.
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