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Safety in the Warehouse

Nearly every workplace has inherent hazards, and therefore necessary safety protocols to handle them. Warehouses are no exception and it's essential that every member of a warehouse team is well informed of the safety measures in place to protect them. If you are implementing safety measures for the first time, or if your current policies need updating, here are four important factors to consider.

Addressing Areas of Concern
Accidents can happen anywhere, but there are some areas which are statistically more accident prone. Your team members are much less likely to be hurt in the break room than they are in the hazardous materials storage room. You should have a general safety policy which covers guidelines that are applicable to all or most of the areas your team may be, but you should ensure you also have specific policies in place for areas of higher risk such as your docks or conveyor belts. You should also have specific policies in place for high-risk activities such as operating heavy machinery.

Know Your Responsibilities
As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring the safety of your team. This means you are required to provide necessary safety training, safety materials and resources, as well as policies to protect your team. Ensure that you set aside time and resources for these responsibilities as often as is necessary for your company. Employees also have a responsibility to understand the safety policies in place for their protection, and to follow these policies when completing their daily tasks. When everyone knows what they are responsible for, it is easier to operate safely.

Visible Leadership
Members of your leadership team should strive to set a good example when it comes to your safety protocols. This will make it easier for other team members to remember their safety practices and ensure they complete it fully. Having visible leaders on the warehouse floor also makes reporting safety questions or concerns much easier and faster.

Empower Employees
This starts with adequate training and resources, to ensure that every team member knows the best way to keep themselves and their fellow team members safe. It also involves a clear reporting practice so that team members know what to do when they identify an unsafe situation, task, or workplace condition.

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