Warehouse safety is a vital part of every workday. National Safety Month, observed in June annually, is a great opportunity to look over your warehouse safety plan to find and fill any gaps. Taking the time to reevaluate your safety plan will help you keep up-to-date on procedures and keep your employees as safe as possible.
Here are a few National Safety Month ideas for your warehouse that will help improve safety standards.
Talk with Your Employees
Find out firsthand what safety concerns your employees face every day. Whether it’s an old piece of machinery, a trip hazard, or a blocked flue space, employees on the floor are likely to notice potential hazards sooner.
By talking with your employees, you also make it clear that their safety is your priority. Keep an open-door policy when it comes to potential hazards all year long. Knowing they have a supervisor who will listen to their safety concerns without any negative repercussions is vital to any operation.
Keep Training Up to Date
Are all you and your employees’ training certifications up to date? National Safety Month is a great yearly reminder to check up on certifications and training and start scheduling any that need to be taken. It’s a great time to check if new courses are available too.
If you have new equipment or machinery, ensure that all employees have training before using it. Proper training is the easiest way to avoid injury.
Performing regular checks on your equipment will help reduce injuries and incidents caused by worn out machinery or equipment breaking.
Like any equipment, personal protection equipment can become damaged and worn out over time. It’s a good practice to check it regularly. In your checks, make sure all PPE fits employees properly, isn’t damaged, and still does its job.
In addition, check your pallet rack safety system for any damage and correct installation. Keeping your racks protected properly will keep items from falling into a flue space, which in turn helps prevent severe fire damage. Plus, rack safety products help keep items from falling into work areas and causing injury.
Check with your MRO supervisor or maintenance manager to order any new equipment needed to replace old and damaged pieces as soon as possible to keep safety standards high.
Clean and Organize
Once you’ve determined what you need to add to your warehouse to improve safety, it’s time to get rid of anything that’s making it unsafe.
Cleaning and organizing the warehouse can help get rid of potential hazards like out-of-place wires or boxes that are easy to trip over. In addition, it will help clear the path to get to any emergency equipment – like fire extinguishers – as quickly as possible.
Taking these extra steps to ensure the safety of your employees makes a big difference. While it’s important to keep safety in mind all year, the extra reminder of National Safety Month can help make – and keep – your warehouse the safest it’s been!