When you are conducting a standard safety inspection in your warehouse — all part of the job, really — there are certain things you are likely looking for. However, you have to ask yourself a simple yet all-important question: Am I being as thorough as I should be to fully ensure a safe working environment?
In all too many instances, the answer to this question is "no," so what are the important aspects of the inspection you might be missing? Read on to find out.
1) Recording everything you do
One thing that's absolutely essential in your efforts to record the results of an inspection (of any kind) is to make a full accounting of what you looked at, which issues were flagged, what's recommended to address the problem and so on, according to Process Street. That way, you are not only checking things off a list, but are also making notes (which you can expand on later) to create a comprehensive record of all the work that needs to be done, and can refer back to work that has already been completed as well.
Simply put, the more you can do to document everything that goes on under your roof, including the findings and recommendations of your safety inspections, the better off everyone will be when it comes to knowing what's next on the agenda.
2) Checking every cubic inch
Too often, warehouse safety inspections are hastily completed formalities that only look at surface-level problems, Process Street said. However, there's more to the warehouse than its floor, and you will need to climb a ladder to truly assess whether things like your overhead storage and higher shelving are in good shape. It will take extra time, but you just can't be too diligent about tackling these issues.
3) Doing it regularly
Another classic mistake logistics companies make is not conducting their safety assessments as often as they should, according to Compliant IA. Safety pros will typically recommend that this should happen once a month, not once a quarter and certainly not just once per year. When you're looking at potential problems that frequently, it becomes much easier to catch a small issue before it becomes a big one, and keep better track of all the work you're doing that could enhance or reduce your safety posture.
4) Determining if it's easy to see and hear everywhere
One often overlooked aspect of safety inspections is whether the actual environment on the warehouse floor puts workers in a good position to detect risks as they arise, according to Safety Culture. That could include things like whether the lighting is bright enough for every corner of the space, and whether ambient noise is too loud for workers to communicate effectively.
If the answer to these questions is "no," then you may want to consider how complicated the solutions need to be. Typically, those changes will be relatively simple, but sometimes it could be a more significant undertaking.