Best Practices For Warehouse Safety

Sealey WarehouseWe understand that the warehouse can present a variety of potential hazards. Due to the activities workers preform and the type of equipment they use, warehouse employees are simply prone to accidents and injuries. For the employer, accidents in the workplace can get costly and threaten a business. Therefore, it’s important to enforce certain safety equipment and standards. This will ensure that all parties involved are protected and safe.

Housekeeping

Many accidents occur in the warehouse due to the lack of basic housekeeping. For example, garbage or debris in work areas can become a potential hazard. Adhering to recommended housekeeping practices such as cleaning up spills immediately and removing items that can cause tripping can prevent slip and trip related accidents. It’s also a simple way to keep a clean and tidy work environment.

Spills and Falls

Exposure to spilled material can cause hazards such as spills and falls in the workplace. In addition to maintaining a clean work environment, you can protect employees by using slip resistant materials like entryway mats and caution signs in order to avoid falls due to slippery conditions. Warehouses should also use good storage techniques by securely sealing materials before storing items.

Heavy Lifting

Thousands of work related injuries occur each year due to poor lifting techniques. For that reason, it’s important to teach employees proper lifting techniques. This will allow workers to protect themselves while on the job. Proper lifting technique is easy to learn and can become habit in the workplace. You can remind employees of lifting safety by hanging posters around the warehouse.

Ergonomics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ergonomic injuries are the most common hazards for workers. In warehouses especially, this is primarily due to the high volume of manual labor performed on a daily basis. Workers should be aware of the amount of stress they are placing on their bodies while performing certain tasks, such as lifting and stacking shelves. Also, you should consider purchasing anti fatigue mats for workers who stand long hours on their feet.

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Whether it’s a warehouse fire or toxic chemicals, all employees should know what to do in case of an emergency. This includes having quick access to exits, telephones and knowing where to find emergency equipment, like fire extinguishers. Monthly drills should also take place so that all employees understand the protocol for responding to emergency situations.

Regular Inspections

In addition to monthly emergency drills, you should plan to conduct regular warehouse inspections. By holding regular inspections, warehouse managers can prevent accidents, improve productivity and save money. Whether you decide on monthly or weekly inspections, establish a routine in order to set a standard for the importance of safety.

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Proper Lifting Etiquette For Heavy Objects

Improperly lifting heavy objects like boxes and furniture can result in back, leg and arm pain. More important, poor lifting technique can cause both acute and chronic effects. Learning the how to lift the right way can help you to avoid unnecessary injury. Here are five tips to proper lifting etiquette:

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Before you lift any object, have a plan. Where is this object going? Can you lift the object on your own? Start by clearing a path to the object’s final destination. If you need help from another person, make sure he or she understands the plan too. Knowing what you’re doing and where you’re going will help reduce risk of injury.

Lift close to your body

You are stronger and more stable when you hold an object close to your body. And holding heavy objects at the end of your reach can place strain on your arms and back. Instead, try to keep your body balanced and have a firm grip on the object.

Feet shoulder width apart

A solid base is important when lifting heavy objects. If your feet are too close together they will hinder movement. Your feet are most stable when they are shoulder width apart. Also, if an object is too heavy or an awkward shape, get help. Do not try to lift it by yourself.

Bend at your knees

To reduce your chances of hurting your back, you should always lift with your legs. Practice good lifting posture by keeping your spine straight and lowering yourself to the ground by bending your knees. Tightening your abdominal muscles will also hold your back in good lifting position.

Wear a back belt

If you have a long day of lifting ahead of you, it might be a good idea to get a back belt. Wearing a back belt will support your spine and prevent a back injury. It will also help you to maintain a better lifting posture. You can get back belt at your local CVS or Walgreens.

Lifting heavy objects can be extremely dangerous for your body. Following these simple steps to proper lifting etiquette will ensure the safety of you and those around you. Good luck, and happy moving day!