Warehouses are hazardous places to work when the right procedures aren’t in place to keep all staff safe. It’s the responsibility of everyone to make sure the warehouse is a safe place to work. Warehouse safety training is just one of the steps you can take to improve things for yourself and your colleagues. Here’s how.
Warehouse Safety Training and Tips
Each warehouse is slightly different but there’s likely to be similar hazards to face each shift. We’ll cover the key dangers that you’ll have to be aware of when working in a warehouse and some training ideas that will keep everyone safe.
Depending on the size of your warehouse, there’ll be different kinds of vehicles to be aware of. Forklifts are the most common vehicle and are usually critical to the warehouse’s day-to-day operations.
Although used inside the warehouse, they’re still capable of causing injuries and should be treated with the same caution as any other kind of vehicle. Both operators and other workers should be aware when they’re in use and daily checks should be done to spot any faults that have developed.
Training Tip: In addition to the basic license needed to operate a forklift, make sure operators have refresher courses. Ensure all forklifts are in correct working order and that anyone working nearby is wearing high-visibility clothing so they are easy to spot for drivers.
Lifting heavy items can be an issue in any workplace but is especially prevalent in warehouses. Lifting something in the wrong way can cause serious injuries that leave you unable to work.
To make sure you’re comfortable and safe, you should follow lifting best practices. Also be aware when getting something down from a shelf or rack. The item might be heavier than you think so you should be prepared.
Training Tip: Teaching someone how to lift something can feel a little patronising and unnecessary but it’s the best way to protect someone from lifting-related injuries. Make sure that workers use the right equipment if an item is too heavy.
Most warehouses have a loading dock that’s used to send and receive goods. Lorries and forklift trucks can make the area a dangerous place to work if the right procedures aren’t followed.
Next time you’re working in the warehouse consider the loading docks. Are there warning signs and alarms in place to keep workers safe during busy periods? Is the area too loud? Breakdowns in communication can cause avoidable accidents to happen and people to get hurt.
Training Tip: Forklift speeds should be restricted when driving on dock plates. Pallets shouldn’t be overloaded to prevent them from being dangerous and the edges should always be clear and safe.
Electrocution and electric fires can cause serious injuries if the equipment isn’t stored and used correctly. A LOTO (Lockout/Tagout) process should be in place for all machinery and equipment that can cause harm.
This process makes sure all equipment is correctly prepared, shutdown and isolated so that no worker is at risk.
Training Tip: Ensure that the process for using electrical equipment is known by all workers so that they’re used and stored correctly.
Clothing and PPEH6
All workers should be provided with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) if necessary to keep them safe when carrying out their tasks. Gloves, goggles, helmets and reflective vests are just some of the PPE that might be needed.
In addition to the PPE that employers are required to give all workers, you should make sure the clothing choices you make are the right ones. Breathable materials keep you cool during long shifts and waterproof clothing is obviously recommended if you work in an outdoor area of the site.
Most importantly, all workers should know the serious consequences of wearing the wrong kind of footwear.
Because you’re spending all day on your feet, you need shoes that are supportive and comfortable. Shoes that rub can lead to painful blisters and shoes that are too big can cause you to trip and fall more often.
If workers aren’t comfortable because of pain caused by ill-fitting shoes, then they’re less likely to be productive and happy at work.
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As well as comfort, the right shoes are needed by warehouse workers to protect them from the hazards they face during each shift. Falling objects from shelves can cause serious injuries, like broken toes, unless you’re wearing shoes that are puncture-resistant with toe caps.
When looking for work shoes, choose a pair that has been awarded CE or S certificates from EU regulators. They should be slip-resistant to keep you on your feet at all times as you move between surface types.
Training Tip: The wrong pair of shoes can lead to aches, pains and even serious injuries. Do a quick footwear check to see if everyone’s wearing safety shoes that will keep them comfortable and protected while working.
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Is Your Warehouse a Safe Place to Work?
No one should feel unsafe at work, no matter their job role or sector. If you’re worried that the warehouse you work in isn’t as safe as it should be, then make sure to download our guide for advice.
The free guide is filled with stats about warehouse safety and questions to think about when it comes to your workplace, like do workers receive enough breaks? It also has tips to help you to look after yourself, from avoiding injuries to dealing with aches and pains.