When your warehouse team arrives at work, you want them to leave in the same physical condition at the end of their shift. June is National Safety Month, making it a great time to ensure they have the proper training to stay safe and healthy at work.
In 2020, there were 4,764 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The last thing you want is for one of your workers to be a statistic, so here are five safety trainings to prioritize.
Personal Protective Equipment
No doubt, your warehouse is filled with PPE, but it can’t do its job if workers don’t know how to use it properly. It’s important to provide training on when to use PPE, what type of equipment should be used for specific hazards, proper fit, and how to maintain this gear.
Material Handling and Storage
Warehouses are filled with a variety of different materials. Therefore, workers need to know how to properly handle and store everything they come in contact with. Whether they’re lifting steel with a crane or stacking lumber, providing training is a must to avoid injuries. When people know the potential hazards associated with moving, handling, and storing materials, they’re better equipped to minimize accidents.
Lifting heavy materials is a part of the job for many warehouse workers. Failing to do so correctly commonly results in back injuries, so teaching them proper lifting techniques is a must. This can help workers avoid back issues that could stay with them for the rest of their lives and result in many days away from work.
Warehouse Traffic Safety
A warehouse is a busy place, so workers need to know how to maintain a safe traffic flow. Unfortunately, collisions between pedestrians and forklifts or other machinery are all too common, so controls — both administrative and engineering — need to be put in place to maintain a safe workspace for everyone.
Given the physical nature of the work, warehouse jobs can be exhausting. Many warehouses are also open on a 24/7 basis, meaning people will sometimes work very long shifts, as well as overnight. Fatigue can often lead to accidents, so workers need to recognize the signs of being overly exhausted and how to handle the situation. This can help them avoid causing an accident.
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