According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 145,000 people work in more than 7,000 warehouses across the country. Despite the fact that warehouses may seem like a safe place to work, the fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all industries.
Warehouses hold a variety of potential hazards, including unsafe use of forklifts, improper stacking of products, failure to use proper personal protective equipment (PPE), inadequate fire safety provisions, and repetitive motion injuries. These hazards can change from moment to moment, depending on what task you're performing, the equipment you're using, or the substances or materials you're handling.
Material handling is a major component of warehouse operations. Proper handling and moving of materials is key to ensuring a safe workplace. Whether you use power equipment or your own body to move materials, you should adhere to these general safety rules:
In addition to following these guidelines, be sure to use signs and markers as a constant reminder to yourself and your workers to be safe. Keeping your property and workers safe in your warehouse will ensure a more productive workplace. We have a complete line of safety signs for your warehouse. If you have questions about which signs are right for you, give our Technical Support reps a call at 800-631-1246. They'll be happy to help you make the right choice.
Sources: www.osha.gov; www.safetydailyadvisor.com; www.setonblog.com