What is a warehouse? A warehouse can be any space with enclosed walls and a roof also known as a building. Warehouses are used to store goods, products, merchandise, supplies, etc… Who uses a warehouse? Warehouses are used by customs, wholesalers, importers, exporters, transportation companies, manufacturers, events companies, etc.
Most of the warehouses are medium to large buildings mainly in industrial areas of cities and towns.
In most warehouses, the use of heavy machinery and tools are used. Heavy-duty industrial machinery used in warehouses can be forklifts, motor buffers, pallet jacks, heavy-duty chain saws, etc… Warehouse safety policy and procedures are imperative and mandatory due to the high risk of on-the-job injury. Safety hazards are very common in the workplace. These safety hazards also known as unsafe working conditions can result in minor to a major injury, sickness, and even fatality.
Physical harm is not the only area in jeopardy in unsafe warehouse practices. Economic loss is also at risk. Many warehouse employees lose their jobs each year due to their lack of discipline in maintaining warehouse safety. For individuals that have dedicated many years in skilled and experienced warehouse work, losing their employment as a result of becoming too relaxed regarding warehouse safety can be devastating. You can have many years of work in this field of influence and cannot attain new employment because no warehouse company wants to hire the person who was fired for practicing unsafe warehouse safety.
Common Warehouse Tips:
- Dress appropriately by wearing safety clothing and protective gear.
- Correct body movements and practicing good posture are key.
- Pay attention by being aware of your surroundings.
- Always know where all emergency exits are.
- Get sufficient rest before work. Fatigue can cause you to forget safety.
- Make sure you adhere to regular break schedules.
- Be proactive in learning any new company safety procedures.
- Do not take shortcuts on safety procedures. The procedure you miss can be the one that costs you health and/or your job.
- Have a standard to always report any safety hazards. You can save yourself and others from potential injury this way.