A warehouse has to be a safe working environment. Apart from the obvious reason, an unsafe working environment is also inefficient and will affect employee morale. As the owner or manager of a warehouse, safety is something that you need to have as a priority, and need to focus on certain areas to ensure that your workforce feels safe and can go about their day’s work with confidence, which can only be good news for your company.
#1 Protect your racking
Almost every warehouse environment will have high racking with items stored at all levels, and equipment like forklift trucks moving around, quite often at speed. Collisions in these circumstances are almost inevitable, especially on the corners of aisles which can suffer as the result of some enthusiastic cornering. Armed with this knowledge, you should improve your racking protection to keep the repercussions of some of those inevitable collisions to a minimum.
#2 Focus on training
After that box is ticked, you need to focus on training. The right training ensures that your employees know what they are doing and know the importance of not cutting corners to get the job done faster, no matter how much praise that might get them from their peers or other members of management. Training can be a vital way to reduce incidents in the workplace and can help you avoid any sort of negative interaction with health and safety. It can also make your employees more confident, loyal, and strong within their job roles, which is also a huge bonus for everybody.
#3 Look after your equipment
As well as looking after your racking, you also need to keep on top of the maintenance of the number of forklifts, pallet loaders, and other pieces of equipment and machinery that are used on a daily basis. Apart from the primary benefit of making them safer to work with, you also have fewer costs from major breakdowns due to poor maintenance and the knock-on effects that has with meeting customer deadlines.
#4 Pay attention to cleanliness
This can help make sure that your warehouse doesn’t get any pests. Pest can damage goods, and the fecal matter they leave behind can cause a multitude of other problems. Aside from this, working in a filthy and unkempt workplace can have a massive effect on employee morale, which in turn will affect what the customer gets and has repercussions for the long term future of your business.
To wrap everything up
Of course, it is easier said than done to keep a warehouse space safe. However, there are some things that you can do to help make it a better space for everyone. This should include:
- Training employees
- Working with cleanliness and hygiene
- Investing in high-quality equipment
- Make sure that you are protecting your warehouse racking
There will also be other things you’ll need to add to this list, depending on which industry your business happens to be in, but these will provide an excellent place to start.