Keeping warehouse workers injury-free

The training should continue under the specific department in which the new employee will work. Afterward, regular refresher training is necessary

The Common Workplace Safety Hazards:

1) Working at height Employers need to identify all locations where fall protection is necessary – as well as where the engineered anchor points are – and train employees and regularly audit the fall protection program.

2) Poor housekeeping: Another common hazard? Over-stacking loads on racks in a warehouse that bring them too close to a sprinkler head, which can limit the sprinkler’s efficiency in an emergency. Clutter, leaks or standing water also can contribute to slips, trips and falls.

3) Electrical – Extension cords Blocked breakers aren’t the only electrical hazard

warehouse consultants frequently see. Many electrical hazards spotted are related to inappropriate use of extension cords.

4) Forklifts What’s a leading cause of forklift-related hazards in the workplace? What dictates their activity is production,” “They’re all under pressure, and when you’re under pressure, they start taking shortcuts.”Shortcuts include driving with too large of a load or driving distracted. The end result may be hitting a rack, damaging a wall or product, or even injuring a co-worker.

5) Lockout/tagout: Proper lockout/tagout procedures can help prevent serious injuries, but only if those procedures are followed. “A lot of organizations, they’ve got the best procedures in place, but it’s the

mplementation of the procedures that fails.

6) Chemicals-

Chemicals can be expensive, and workers in some industries may never know when they’ll need to use a certain chemical again in the future. Before you know it, you have all these chemicals no one wants or needs,” “There’ll be literally hundreds of chemicals on the shelves.

7) Confined spaces

Confined spaces can present a number of hazards. Many tragedies involving confined spaces have occurred because an employer didn’t issue a permit or failed to carry out a risk assessment. In one scenario We encountered, a confined space’s hazardous atmosphere wasn’t assessed properly because the equipment being used was out of date. A fire broke out.It’s a logistical balancing act, but you don’t have to do it alone. How We Can Help Warehouse experts help businesses like yours understand how to keep your workers safe in a warehouse environment so you can feel confident that you are:• Protecting your employees and capital investment.• Storing and shipping products in accordance with service level agreements.•Reducing the risks of damaged products and equipment.• Managing your supply chain effectively.• Meeting legislated standards.

Training – Workers won’t inherently know they have to do something a certain way, It’s up to each organization to appropriately train employees on safety protocols. This training begins upon hiring the new worker, when an employer provides an introduction to occupational safety and health, including hazard recognition. The training should continue under the specific department in which the new employee will work. Afterward, regular refresher training is necessary.• Know the purpose of the training, and ensure the appropriate training is given for each individual worker based on his or her needs. After the training, monitor and supervise the workers to check

whether they’re applying it

appropriately.

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