How To Create A Safe Warehouse Environment?

Safety in your warehouse environment should be any businesses’ number one priority. Getting side-tracked with other operational and day to day issues can create hazardous working conditions for your employees.

So what should you look for to create a safe warehouse environment?

Shelving Area

As your staff will be accessing the shelving area frequently for picking and packing. So it’s vital that they are secure to avoid potential accidents. It’s also important that the shelving is of the highest quality to ensure safety and longevity. Placing the heavier items on lower down shelves will also reduce risk of injury. As should they fall there is less risk of causing harm.

The Floors

Throughout the day your warehouse floor space is fully utilised throughout your hours of operation. Be mindful of keeping them clean, not leaving items laying around on the floor. Always ensure the floors have clear markings to allow flow of traffic and avoid collisions. When washing, leave it until the end of the workday to allow floors to dry properly.

Security in the Warehouse

Security is a major factor in creating a safe warehouse environment. With staff and deliveries coming and going throughout the hours of operation, it’s hard to keep track of the movement. Installing a swipe card system or having a member of staff managing entry will create a safer environment for your warehouse. Installing security cameras is also an important safety measure. As it will deter unauthorised entry and allow you to review and monitor activities.

Location

If you are seeking a new warehouse location, think about the safety element. Choose wisely, look for a space that is in a well lit area, has good road access and is close to public transport.   It’s important to look after your staff as much as you can. This also includes their safety getting to and from work.

First Aid

Having a fully stocked first aid kit at hand is vital to your staff’s safety. You should also have a fully certified first aid member of staff on premises at all times of operation. Should an accident occur on your premises, being able to administer first aid is not only taking responsibility. But it could reduce the seriousness of an injury.

A safe warehouse environment is a happy environment. Take time to review your warehouse safety and take action immediately if required.

Here at Abbott Storage Systems we care about the safety of the racking structure in your warehouse. As part of our services we engage in annual racking inspections with many clients across Australia. Why not take the first step in making your warehouse a safer place? Book in a racking inspection today.

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