In a warehouse, there are many safety hazards that can be dangerous if they are not properly addressed. Having a safety checklist is a great way to identify any potential hazards in the workplace. Once those hazards are identified, they can be dealt with to prevent any harmful incidents and maintain a safe work environment. There are many aspects of warehouse safety to take into consideration, from handling materials correctly to electrical and fire safety.
The following are some important aspects of warehouse safety to keep in mind when creating a checklist.
General Warehouse Safety
When it comes to general warehouse safety, there are easily preventable hazards that can result in injury if not dealt with properly. Some items on your checklist should include:
- Exposed or open loading docks are blocked or roped off, as well as any other areas where employees could potentially fall four feet or more.
- Floor and aisles are cleared of clutter such as spills, electrical cords, or other items that might cause an employee to slip or fall.
- Employees performing physical work are given adequate time for rest breaks to avoid fatigue.
- The warehouse is well ventilated.
- Employees are trained to safely work in the environment (hot/humid or cold).
Materials Handling Checklist
As safety concerns become more specific, checklists become more extensive. This is true of the list for safely handling materials. Here are just a few of the important items to include on your checklist:
- There is safe clearance for equipment and materials through aisles and doorways.
- Motorized vehicles or mechanized equipment are checked daily or prior to use.
- Vehicles are shut off and the brakes are set before loading/unloading.
- Securing chains, ropes, slings, etc. are adequate for required job to be performed.
- Covers and/or guardrails have been provided to protect workers from stair openings in floors, equipment pits, and other hazards.
There are many essential safety steps to take when it comes to electrical equipment, exposed wires, grounding, and more. Some items on this checklist include:
- Employees are instructed to perform preliminary inspections and/or appropriate tests before beginning work on electrical equipment or lines.
- Portable electric equipment and tools are either grounded or double insulated.
- Exposed wiring or cords with frayed or damaged insulation are repaired or replaced immediately.
- Flexible cords and cables are free of splices and/or taps.
- Employees who regularly work around energized electrical equipment or lines are instructed in CPR methods.
While these guidelines are important in beginning to create your warehouse safety checklist, they are just the tip of the safety iceberg. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has some great guidelines and templates for general warehouse safety, as well as specific safety concerns, such as fire safety, floor and wall openings safety, and much more.