Safety Meeting Topics for Warehouse Workers
Warehouse safety, including personnel accidents and damage to products and/or equipment, are a costly aspect of warehouse work, but it doesn’t have to be. While you can never prevent all incidents, there are ways to help mitigate them with proper training, meetings and conversations.
Discussing these warehouse safety topics together will invite your employees to take an active step in recognizing and correcting hazards while ensuring a safe work environment.
Warehouse Safety Topics for 2020:
- Loading Dock Safety
Every dock must have a means to restrain a vehicle, but in 2020, that is just the beginning of optimizing loading dock safety. Often the busiest area of a warehouse, the loading dock is prone to many hazards such as forklifts running out of the dock, pedestrian/forklift collision and a variety of early departure accidents. Safety professionals should evaluate their vehicle restraint policy and consider adding Light Communication or an automatic vehicle restraint to ensure your workers are safe and abiding to regulatory guidelines.
- Drive Approach Safety
A backing trailer can be deceptively quiet because the tractor is over 70’ away and its engine noise can be obscured by ambient noise. In fact, OSHA has identified semi-tractor trailers as the second leading cause of back over fatalities in the United States. To help keep workers aware of a trailer’s presence, facilities can implement new technologies like Approach-Vu™ to employ audible and visual motion-activated alarms. If facilities want to keep boots off the ground, they can also consider Lok-Vu™ to visually monitor trailer presence and lock verification.
- Pedestrian / Forklift Safety
With nearly 100,000 forklift-related injuries reported each year to the tune of $135 million in immediate costs incurred, making sure your employees understand and abide by forklift safety guidelines is crucial to your warehouse running smoothly and limiting its risk to people and products. These Hazard Recognition and Communication solutions help make that possible. Additionally, the Safe-T-Signal® Warning system is a four-way warehouse traffic sensor that provides a great solution for helping to ensure both pedestrians and vehicle operators avoid bumping into each other in the warehouse.
- Conveyor Safety
Proper inspection, guarding and training can reduce the risk of workers being injured by falling products, being caught in pinch points, or improper worker lifting or overexertion.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Proactive Approach to Safety
For an advanced proactive approach to warehouse safety, facilities can implement the Opti-Vu® platform Safety Module. This dynamic tool helps safety professionals proactively identify and improve the behaviors of their workers when enabled with Rite-Hite equipment. The constantly collected data distills into analytics to inform them about employee training opportunities, equipment needs and process improvements by monitoring safety-related events at the loading dock, inside the plant and at busy intersections.
What does OSHA recommend for warehouse safety:
Rite-Hite is best equipped to provide solutions for the topics above, but there are plenty of other areas that deserve consideration when addressing safety in your warehouse. For additional information or guidance, please refer to the list below and visit the OSHA Pocket Guide for Warehouse Worker Safety.
Other Topics to Consider:
- Hazardous Material Safety
- Material Handling and Storage Protection
- Charging Stations
- Emergency Procedures
- Employee Concerns or Comments
There’s no cure-all to end employee accidents or damage to products or equipment. However, keeping an open dialogue with your employees and following a stringent set of safety rules that conform to set regulations will ultimately leave your warehouse and all personnel in the best position to reduce risk and increase efficiency. Regular training and ongoing conversations reinforces safe work and increases awareness for our own safety and, ultimately, improves the safety and efficiency for the company as a whole.