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How to improve workplace safety — Signet's top tips

Workplace injuries not only have direct financial consequences (such as compensation costs to that valued staff member), they can also increase the workloads of your other staff members and increase downtime.

By improving safety, you're creating an efficient workplace and reducing your costs.

Keep reading to see how you can improve safety around your workplace today.

Tip 1 — Check all of your incoming pallets for signs of damage

One significant safety risk in any warehouse is damaged pallets. Damage can be caused by regularly pushing pallets across the floor instead of picking them up and not checking for broken boards.

Broken boards could catch on your racking, causing the pallet to fall and injure your staff and damage valuable product or machinery. The pallet could also break when it's loaded or unloaded from courier trucks.

Always check for any signs of damage before storing your pallets and transfer their contents to undamaged pallets if required.

Tip 2 Always do a visual check of PPE before it's used

We all know that having the correct PPE is essential to complete any job safely; however, checking your safety glasses, safety boots and safety vests etc. for any signs of damage first is just as important.

Damage to watch out for includes:

  • Tears or rips in safety jackets and safety vests that could get caught and cause injuries
  • Scratches and other marks on safety glasses that could minimise your visibility
  • Broken or cracked soles on safety boots

Check your PPE for damage before starting a job to reduce the chance of injury.

Tip 3 Ensure that your walkways and driver exclusion zones are clearly marked

A warehouse has many moving parts, such as forklifts, courier trucks and pedestrians, that can cause injuries, which is why you need to clearly mark every area.

Pedestrian walkways use line marking spray or floor marking paint to mark clear, long lasting lines. To mark the perfect line, follow the steps below:

  • Remove dirt and debris by giving the surface a thorough cleaning with a high pressure hose.
  • Remove old lines with acetone or graffiti remover.
  • For best results, spray line marking paint in short, sharp bursts.

Driver exclusion zones — during the unloading and loading process, these zones clearly show where drivers can safely stand. Drivers should always be able to see their truck being unloaded and loaded and forklift operators should always be able to see drivers.

Tip 4 Implement a Chain of Responsibility (COR)

Every safe supply chain has a Chain of Responsibility – no matter how big or how small.

Before sending out any pallets, you should always complete checks to make sure that they are secure and drivers are able to deliver them safely.

Use checklists to make sure that your packaging and transportation processes are completed correctly.

Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone's responsibility, and identifying small risks can make a big impact when reducing the risk of injury and creating savings. Checking pallets for damage and following all processes correctly when completing a job or receiving incoming pallets are two changes that you can implement today.

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