Workplace safety in the warehousing industry is a primary concern for both workers and the companies that hire them. The financial consequences of a work-related accident can be vast and it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that health and safety practices are followed accordingly. Here at M&W, we take great pride in the protection of our employees and can assure our clients that safety at work is a top priority. Here are a few ways to best ensure your employee’s safety while on the job:
Training – Health and safety training should be done immediately upon hire as well as periodically throughout an employee’s tenure. It is extremely important that a worker is well-versed in safety protocol and the operating procedures of warehouse machinery and equipment to safeguard against accidents. Be sure all your employees are familiar with not only your company’s rules but also federal health and safety regulations.
Prevention – Stop an accident before it starts. Maintaining a clean and orderly workplace is key when it comes to safety prevention. Posting signs regarding safety procedures will help build employee awareness. Encourage employees to always be alert, avoid shortcuts and never take risks. Have plans in place for emergency situations and regularly run through practice drills.
Protection – Be sure that employees have access and are properly utilizing safety equipment. Helmets, gloves, and goggles can prevent serious injuries. In addition, be sure that machinery is never left running unattended and that safety guards are always intact.
Inspections – Regularly and properly inspect workplace conditions and employee activities. Be sure any hazardous conditions or poorly working machinery is reported and tended to immediately. Safety is a team effort. Encourage employees to report any issues they notice to their immediate supervisor so they can be handled accordingly.
When it comes to workplace health and safety, training, prevention, protection, and inspection are crucial steps to providing a secure work environment. If you have any questions regarding workplace safety at warehousing and distribution centers or would like further insight into the steps we take to ensure the safety of our employees, give us a call, we’d be happy to help answer any requests you may have.