Your products may be your direct source of profit, but it’s the people who keep things moving in the warehouse. Hundreds of operators come and go into storage facilities every day to guarantee that operations run smoothly and efficiently. It’s the owner’s responsibility to create a safe working environment and take the necessary considerations to minimise workplace hazards.
Here are three measures to keep in mind for safer warehouse operations:
Ventilation is a common problem in warehouses due to its enclosed nature. Temperature control is crucial to a worker’s safety. Gas-powered vehicles and machines in the facility can also pose threats to your workers’ health.
To minimise risks, secure the service of health and safety professionals. They will assess if your warehouse is compliant with the requirements set by WorkSafe NZ. Check your inventory and make sure you’re not storing any hazardous materials that can be harmful when touched or inhaled. Invest in quality ventilation systems, safety apparel and emergency equipment.
Proper Forklift Handling
Forklifts are essential in warehouses that store heavy products or bulk items, but they can also be unsafe when mishandled. A large number of accidents have occurred due to collision with stationary objects or due to improper loading. Some operators can also injure fellow workers from careless manoeuvring.
Implement basic guidelines and mandatory training for forklift operators. Employ workers who are adequately experienced and capable of handling the equipment efficiently.
Storage systems are essential in every warehouse operation, as is their quality. Poorly manufactured and substandard shelving can compromise your workers’ safety and the efficiency of the facility’s op