If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to take hygiene and safety seriously in the workplace.
For the supply chain, this is especially crucial.
Let’s turn our focus to warehouse safety ideas for this post.
If you manage warehouse operations, how can you change up your safety guidelines to make it a more efficient and clean environment for your workers?
It starts with your team
As a warehouse manager, it’s a good idea to make your workers the center of attention.
Especially following the COVID-19 crisis, they’ll want to know that their welfare is valued.
If you haven’t done it already, develop a plan for holding regular safety meetings.
Go over safety guidelines, hold emergency procedure training sessions and practice emergency scenario drills.
This will keep your team prepared for the unexpected, ready to spring into action.
Training ideas include handling heavy loads the correct way, HAZMAT materials and hygiene (washing hands frequently, etc.)
Update your safety gear
Has your first aid kit and other safety gear been collecting dust?
It’s time to pull out everything and take inventory.
Update your first aid kits with the necessary equipment, checking expiration dates and replacing old supplies.
Also, make sure they are located at places that are easy to access.
For workplace safety, make sure you have the following supplies for all of your workers readily available.
- Eye protection
- Knee pads
- Face Shields
- Ear protection
- Respiratory equipment
Organize & clean
Any environment is instantly safer when it’s clean and organized.
For warehouses, this is especially vital.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, tripping, falling and slipping are one of the top 3 most common warehouse injuries, accounting for 25% of injury claims.
Don’t be shy when it comes to using labels and signs.
This lets everyone know where products and equipment are at all times.
Use signs to distinguish restricted areas or HAZMAT handling areas.
As well, make sure each customer’s inventory is properly labeled with the amount and any special handling instructions.
Keep aisles clear of equipment and sweep regularly to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.