Safety should be the top priority of any business, and that's especially true in the physically intensive setting of a warehouse. Not only do companies have an obligation to do all in their power to keep employees safe, it's also important from a process perspective. Even one small accident can put a worker on the shelf for days or more, and potentially require shutting down an entire section of a facility.
With that in mind, training workers for top safety awareness is a must, and the following tips can help you achieve your goals of a great safety record:
1) Stress the dress code
Many employees may be surprised to find something as simple as wearing shorts or sneakers on the warehouse floor could put them at greater risk for injury, but that's certainly the case, according to Supply Chain Game Changer. Companies need to do more to develop strong policies around dressing for safety, and teach workers both the "what" and "why" of adhering to it.
2) Teach them the signs
As an organization, it is incumbent upon you to put up signs that highlight any safety risks workers may encounter in a given part of your warehouse, Supply Chain Game Changer recommended. Teaching employees what all the various signs mean and how each should inform their behavior is a must, especially for new hires who may have little understanding of how serious some risks might be.
3) Reinforce best practices
Even as you complete a number of safety training courses, it's important to make sure employees are adhering to your proscriptions and deal with failures appropriately, according to Industrial Distribution. Moreover, you would be wise to not only train workers for how to handle various safety issues, but also regularly re-train them on those subjects.
4) Keep it clean
It cannot be said enough that a clean warehouse is critical to a strong safety record, Industrial Distribution advised. With that in mind, it's vital to train workers on how to identify unclean and potentially hazardous situations, and empower them to either address such problems themselves or report them to appropriate parties.
5) Show them how to interact with heavy equipment
Most warehouses have at least some heavy equipment - whether it's a pallet jack, forklift or something even more advanced - that employees will interact with or work near, according to Jessup Manufacturing. It's critical that they know how to do so safely and aren't putting themselves at risk for injury if they aren't paying attention to these risks.
6) Highlight the basics of handling materials
Almost everyone in your warehouse will have to deal with picking up and handling materials or boxes for at least one aspect of their jobs, Jessup Manufacturing added. Consequently, companies need to train for how to handle items, lift boxes ergonomically and so on, so no one is at risk of an injury from such interactions.