Working in a warehouse is not as safe as you may think. It is also not the safest workplace.
Here is the proof:
5% of all warehouse employee will experience in an injury on the job each year.source: conveyco.com
It means that as a warehouse employee you must always take care of your safety while working in the warehouse.
Remember that a warehouse may contains many kinds of potential hazards. According to Safeopedia, the top three injury causes in a warehouse come from:
- slips, trips and falls
- injuries from lifting, pushing, pulling or reaching
- material handling and forklift accidents
Then, the question is how to stay safe while working in the warehouse?
To find the answer, look at the safety tips for warehouse employees below to stay safe.
Tips #1 Get warehouse basic safety training
Make sure that you get all basic safety trainings before working in the warehouse.
Don’t force yourself to work without getting enough training. Never do a job that you don’t have any skill about.
Tips #2 Know the warehouse environment conditions
Go to every corner of the warehouse and know where the potential hazards exist.
Do this regularly until you fully understand about the warehouse enviroment condition where you will work day by day.
You must know where the location of portable fire extinguisher, emergency push button, eye washer, safety data sheet, etc.
Tips #3 Always follow the procedure
Stick to the procedure and never try to ignore it. It is designed as the safe way to do something in the warehouse.
If you find something in the procedure that you don’t understand well about, do not hesitate to ask it to your manager.
Tips #4 Understand how to use lifting equipment
Read the manual of every lifting equipment used in the warehouse. Never use them recklessly and put overload on them. Use them smoothly and limit their loads.
Use the proper technique in operating them. Practice, practice and practice. Since it makes your skill perfect.
Tips #5 Read all Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Read SDS of every material you will handle to know how to handle the material properly and safely.
Don’t try to handle any material that you have no knowledge about it.
Tips #6 Always use appropriate PPE
Even though PPE is the last defense against hazard but it still necessary to protect yourself from hazard exposure.
So, never underestimate the importance of using PPE. You will be happy when you know how it protects you.
Tips #7 Report unsafe condition and unsafe action
When you find unsafe condition or unsafe action, report it immediately to get proper action from your manager.
Unreported unsafe condition or unsafe action may hurt you in the next minutes.
Tips #8 Understand the emergency response procedure
You should master this procedure. Know the potential emergencies exist in the warehouse and how to act against such emergency condition.
Perform the drill in order for you to be able to develop your skill in responding an emergency.
Tips #9 Always walk through man-walkway to avoid forklift traffic
Stick with the man-walkway when you walk throughout the warehouse to avoid hit by forklift.
Never try to walk through a shortcut.
Tips #10 Keep clean the warehouse
Remember this famous safety slogan, ‘A cleaner warehouse is a safer warehouse‘. So, always keep clean when you are working in.
If you ignore liquid spills, you or other employees will slip and get hurt when walk on it.
Clean up immediately when you find spills, leakage or material that put not in its place.
Tips #11 Never work alone
In general, a warehouse has a large space in size. Work alone is not preferred in case you are in trouble.
So, notify your colleague when you work in a different location with him or her, if no one can work together with you.
Make sure CCTV and communication tool work well to ensure other employees are watching on what you are doing and you can call them when you need a help.
If possible, always work together with other employees. At least you are accompanied by one employee.
It is to ensure that you will get immediate help when you are in trouble.
Tips #12 Inspect working tool and equipment before use
This is the last safety tips for warehouse employees to stay safe.
Always do inspection on working tools and equipment that you will use such as lifting and moving tools – to make sure that there are no problems with them.
For example, do forklift inspection before you drive it.