Once any eCommerce business (that sells directly, rather than as a middle-man) grows to the right size, it’s going to need to invest in a warehouse to take care of all the produce moving in and out. However, managing a warehouse is about more than keeping it efficient and productive, it’s also about keeping it safe. These workspaces can be rife with danger, so you need to keep your eyes out.
First of all, you should make sure that no one is working in a space as busy and risk-laden as a warehouse without the right protective clothing and equipment. This includes protective gloves, vests that keep them visible, and perhaps most important, the right work boots that can help them maintain a good grip on the floor. Slips, trips, and falls remain the most frequent accident, even in spaces like a warehouse.
There are two kinds of cleanliness that you should focus on. The first is keeping clutter out of the way, making sure that it’s a protocol to leave no empty boxes or other clutter lying around. Grease, grime, and other slippery debris can build up over time as well, so it may be worth investing in cleaning services to come out and make sure your warehouse is taken care of on a regular basis if you don’t take care of it yourself.
Related to the question of cleanliness in the warehouse but important to offer a little more specific focus, you have to make sure that any areas where people walk or drive on a regular basis are kept as clear as possible. You can use floor markings to indicate walkways that no clutter should be left on for even a short amount of time, especially if people tend to transport items through these areas. Even a momentary slip in standards can lead to a very dangerous trip and fall.
One of the key features of the effectiveness of any warehouse is the storage set-up. However, this is also where danger can lie, as unsecured items, pallets, and shelving can lead to major accidents. It’s best to invest in services like racking inspection to help you see where the potential risks lie and to correct them. This way, you can make sure that there’s no danger of malfunction leading to items falling from overhead.
Of the injuries that happen in the warehouse, machinery accidents might not be the most common, but they can be the most dangerous. As such, it’s essential to invest in not just initial training to license teams to operate machinery, but frequent retraining to ensure that they’re not picking up on any bad habits.
Accidents and injuries are too costly, too disruptive, and too bad for the morale of the team to let go unchecked. Make sure that you’re taking the time to secure your team and your premises to keep things running without incident as best as possible.