The warehouse can be a hive of activity, and as such, it needs special care when it comes to safety. In this blog post, we'll take a look at 7 common warehouse safety hazards and how they can be prevented. From product fire hazards to powered machinery and equipment dangers, we'll cover all the bases so that you know exactly what measures need to be taken to ensure that your facility remains safe and secure for everyone involved. Whether you're an experienced manager or just starting out in running a warehouse operation - read on to find out what you need to do! 

1. Machinery 

Working with machinery can present a range of safety hazards, from being exposed to moving parts, to the potential for electric shock. Make sure all workers receive appropriate training on how to operate any machinery safely, including the proper use of all safety guards and other protective devices. 

2. Ergonomics 

Repetitive motion, carrying heavy loads, and working in awkward positions — are just a few elements that can contribute to ergonomic injuries in warehouses. Taking steps like providing adjustable equipment/furniture, ensuring lift aides are readily available, offering frequent breaks, and using job rotation whenever possible can help reduce risks associated with overuse injuries or muscle strain. 

3. Moving Equipment 

Warehouse operations often involve the use of large, heavy machinery such as forklifts and pallet jacks. Improper use of these machines can result in serious injuries or even death from collisions with people or other objects. To prevent this, ensure that all operators are trained and certified in the proper operation of the equipment and that it is regularly inspected for any worn components or faulty wiring. Additionally, establish a rule prohibiting any untrained personnel from operating the equipment and make sure everyone understands it. Additionally, keep pathways clear and designate specific routes for forklift traffic to reduce the risk of an accident involving an unauthorized driver. 

4. Slips & Falls 

Wet floors are one of the most common causes of slips and falls in warehouses. To prevent this, make sure that all spills are cleaned up as soon as possible and that any leaks are promptly repaired. Additionally, designate a specific area for workers to store wet or muddy shoes before entering the warehouse. Lastly, use “wet floor” signs when needed and ensure that employees have access to appropriate footwear such as slip-resistant boots. 

5. Falling Objects 

Overhead storage can be dangerous if not properly secured or stacked correctly. Make sure all racks, shelves, and bins are securely fastened with safety clips or wires and that they do not exceed the recommended weight limit for their size. Additionally, regularly inspect storage areas for structural damage and never allow anyone to stand underneath suspended items unless it is absolutely safe to do so. 

6. Manual Handling Injuries 

Poorly lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling items can lead to strains and sprains. Train workers in proper lifting techniques and provide appropriate tools to help with heavier items such as trolleys, ramps, and hand trucks. Additionally, it’s important to make sure workers take regular breaks throughout the day and that they are given sufficient rest periods between shifts. 

7. Fire Hazards 

Regularly inspect stored materials for combustible substances or flammable liquids and ensure that all appliances meet safety regulations. Make sure that exits are clear at all times and place fire extinguishers around the warehouse in case of an emergency. Lastly, hold regular staff meetings to remind workers of the importance of fire safety. 

By following these safety tips, warehouses can reduce the risk of workplace accidents and ensure a safe and productive environment for employees. Taking the time to identify potential hazards and create appropriate solutions will help prevent serious injuries and keep both workers and warehouse products secure. 

For more information about warehouse safety, please contact your local health & safety representative or visit your local government website for additional resources. 

We hope our blog on common warehouse health and safety hazards has been informative and will help your warehouse to be an organised and safe working environment. Here at RackZone, we can provide you with all the necessary storage solutions to help ensure your warehouse is organised and as safe as possible. For further information on any of our great products, from shelving to pallet racking, please do not hesitate to contact us at +353 (0)90 9673261 or email us at [email protected].