Prioritising warehouse safety in the supply chain
‘At Masters Logistical, we believe it is the people, as well as the service, that makes the company. We take care of our staff just as much as our customers.’
Which is why we keep warehouse safety as our absolute priority. And you should too.
Distribution injuries can put employees at risk, which in turn slows down business and can lead to interruptions in the supply chain, which can lose you money.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are over 145,000 people working in around 7,000 warehouses. With such a huge number of people working in the distribution industry, it is paramount that keeping these employees safe is a priority to all employers.
Working in a warehouse presents a number of different risks and hazards, including falls and the misuse of machinery, both of which can lead to injuries. These risks can potentially be fatal, so it is important to understand how to keep your employees safe.
Understand the hazards
In order to be able to properly train your employees with the relevant and appropriate training, it is important that you firstly understand the risks yourself and are that you are aware of the biggest hazards in your warehouse.
The OSHA have documented what they have found to be the top 10 hazards in warehouses:
- Hazard communications
- Electrical: wiring methods
- Electrical: system design
- Guarding floor and wall openings
- Mechanical power transmissions
- Respiratory protection
- Portable fire extinguishers
Forklifts have been identified as the greatest hazard, with OSHA reporting that 11% of forklift operators will at one point, be involved in a forklift-related accident. By supplying and utilising forklifts that are in line with the correct standards and requirements, as well as regularly testing them, you can actively try to avoid such disasters. Remember to ensure any staff operating forklifts are fully trained and are often given refresher training to keep your warehouse moving efficiently and safely.
Why is training so important?
By administering the correct training to your employees, you can help prevent accidents before they happen. OSHA has recommended that the following questions are asked at the beginning of every shift:
- Are floors and aisles clear of clutter, electrical cords, hoses, spills, and any other hazards that could cause employees to slip, trip, or fall?
- Is the warehouse well ventilated?
- Does all equipment meet proper working standards?
- Are any other areas where employees could fall four feet or more chained off, roped off, or otherwise blocked?
Creating a safe and open environment in your warehouse will all help in preventing injuries and preventing financial losses in your business.
Masters Logistical are proud to say that with many years of experience under our belt, we understand the importance of maintaining safety in the workplace and ensure that while we’re looking after your goods, we’re looking after our employees too.