Warehouse Safety Practices for Liability Reduction
Many types of warehouses present multiple hazards during operation, including the risk of electrical, slip-and-fall, and vehicular damage. To eliminate these risks and meet U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards, here are some ways to avoid employee injury and equipment damage in your facility, including the use of industrial warehouse safety curtains.
These warehouse safety practices can make sure that employees’ wellbeing is preserved while allowing you to save money.
Prevent Employee Injury with Warehouse Ergonomics
Employees are often at risk of slipping and falling on the job, along with musculoskeletal injuries that can occur during heavy lifting. Warehouse managers can avoid these risks with a system of impact-absorbing industrial floor mats, heavy-duty equipment intended for lifting large loads, and using appropriate lighting that’s easy on the eyes.
Storage should allow employees to place loads on racks or shelves without requiring movement that could cause strain, and floors should remain free of spills and other tripping hazards.
Monitor Conveyors to Avoid Accidents
Warehouse management should regularly inspect conveyors to make sure they’re safe and free of damage. Pinch points should remain well guarded, and lighting should give employees a clear view of each part of the conveyor system. Lockout plans should also be implemented to automatically shut down equipment when breakdowns or temporary malfunctions occur.
Create Safe Storage Areas
All stacked loads should be even and straight to avoid toppling and causing injury. Heavier loads should remain on middle or lower level shelves to avoid top-heavy shelving. Aisles and other areas around storage shelves should also stay unobstructed at all times.
When removing products or equipment from shelves, employees can further avoid injury and damage by removing them one at a time.
Make Sure Loading Docks Are Safe
Certain steps to make loading docks safe include using appropriate signs and colored tape along edges to indicate drop-off areas, preventing forklifts from driving too close to edges, installing stairs and ladders that meet OSHA requirements, and securing dock plates that can handle the weight of loads you intend to place on them.
Use Industrial Warehouse Safety Curtains
Another way to keep employees safe and meet OSHA requirements is to install one or more industrial warehouse safety curtains where necessary. Industrial curtain walls can close off work areas and protect vulnerable workers from many types of damage, including welding arc, chemical splashes, ear-damaging noises, bright lights, electricity, toxic dust and fumes, and more.
Curtain wall systems are available for nearly any warehouse application, and are also usable for temperature control in areas that need it such as cold storage locations or loading docks. Steel Guard Safety offers plenty of customizable fabric and hardware options to enhance safety in a wide variety of applications.
These are simply some of the many ways to improve workplace safety in warehouses and avoid liability issues. If you install the right combination of safety equipment and implement sufficient warehouse safety practices, your employees will benefit from a significant decrease in injury risks, and they are likely to be more productive as a result.