Warehouse workers face a daily barrage of potential hazards. Over 145,000 people work in more than 7,000 warehouses across the country and the industry fatality rate is higher than the national average. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) commonly cites the following during inspections: forklifts, electrical hazards, machine guarding, respiratory protection, and lockout/tagout.
Compare some of the following to your warehouse practices:
- Train, evaluate, and certify all operators.
- Prohibit anyone under age 18 from operating a forklift.
- Never drive more than 5 miles per hour, and slow down in congested areas.
- Drive forklifts slowly on docks and dock plates.
- Secure plates and check to see if the plate can safely support the load
- Inspect conveyors regularly.
- Ensure that pinch points are adequately guarded.
- Place heavier loads on lower or middle shelves.
- Train employees to remove one object at a time from shelves.
- Provide ergonomics awareness training.
- Train workers in proper lifting.
- Maintain a safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical to which workers are exposed.
- Train employees on the risks of all stored chemicals.
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