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Warehouse safety management governs the various processes, protocols, and regulations in place within a warehouse that (1) maximize the safety of team members, inventory, equipment, and facilities as well as (2) minimize the amount and severity of potential risk factors involved in warehouse operations.
There are four key aspects of warehouse safety management to discuss:
Safety is a huge part of creating an accessible and navigable warehouse environment in the first place. A lack of accessibility — inventory, equipment, or otherwise — inherently increases the potential for dangerous situations to arise.
Moreover, a safe warehouse layout is one that ensures inventory and equipment can be securely stored at all times.
While some level of risk will always exist in this regard (especially with large or heavy items), safe storage should be top-of-mind when creating your warehouse’s layout.
The inventory and equipment held within a warehouse — in addition to the warehouse itself — can all potentially cause safety-related issues within your day-to-day operations.
If any of these things aren’t functioning exactly as they were designed to function, major safety hazards can arise:
It’s also important to provide safety equipment to your team members as needed. Here, we’re talking about things like hard hats, safety goggles, and any other items that minimize the danger of engaging with certain inventory and equipment.
Training for your warehouse team is an essential part of ensuring their safety — as well as the safety of your overall facilities.
Safety training should encompass all aspects of warehouse operations:
It’s up to you to inform your team members of the safest practices — and to ensure they comply with these practices at all times. Of course, in order to do all this, you’ll need to develop protocols and procedures to be followed at all times.
These documents need to be clear, concise, and specific, so as to not allow any confusion amongst your team about how to proceed. You also need to have processes in place to document and deal with instances in which proper procedure wasn’t followed — regardless of whether it led to a dangerous outcome or not.
Completely eradicating the chances of encountering safety-related issues is impossible. The next best thing, then, is to ensure your team always knows what to do should they encounter dangerous situations in their daily operations.