A warehouse can be a dangerous place to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 16 workers are killed each year in warehouse and storage-related accidents. Additionally, work injuries and illnesses occur in five out of every 100 storage and warehouse workers.
It is important for employers to implement strict safety measures, and create a culture of safety in the warehouse work environment. According to regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are some ways that employers can prioritize safety. Below are some recommendations by the OSHA.
Create a Fire Safety Plan
Warehouse employers with more than 10 workers must have a written fire prevention plan. Employees should be trained on this plan, and it must be kept in the warehouse so that employees and management can periodically review it.
Warehouses must have at least two exit routes. The exit routes must be located far away from each other in case one of the exits is blocked by a hazard.
First Aid Must be Easily Accessible
Medical supplies and basic first aid equipment must be provided to employees. The type of equipment must match the potential hazards that are present in the warehouse since there is the possibility of the loss of blood.
Employers Must Create Emergency Action Plans
An emergency action plan is crucial to safety in the workplace. This not only shows employees that management is thinking ahead about the possibility of an emergency, it also creates a peace of mind for employees.
There may be different types of plans for different types of emergencies. Most workplaces provide trainings for active shooters or behavioral emergencies. Other emergencies such as fire earthquakes or floods could also require various emergency plans.
Forklift Safety Measures
Managers should also ensure that there is proper training on forklifts and that safety measures are relied upon as a habit. Employers may have to remind employees about forklift safety with reminders or periodic formal training. These refreshers can be crucial in avoiding accidents.
Employers should also put into place standard operating procedures and provide periodic training in this area so that employees understand their roles in the warehouse. If a worker becomes hurt despite safety procedures, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
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