How To Set Up A Safe Warehouse
Signet knows the importance and benefits of setting up a safe warehouse and want to help our customers do the same.
Knowing how to set up a safe warehouse has many advantages for a business as it can aid in improving productivity by creating process and workplace efficiency and minimise the risks of accidents.
To make sure that you are setting up a safe and productive workplace read through our "How to Guide" and additional suggestions for the supplies you might need.
Assess your warehouse needs
Before any physical action is taken it is important to consider what types of activities will be taking place such picking, packaging, despatching, receiving or storing items? Regardless of how many purposes your warehouse will serve, thoroughly identifying the various areas will help to create a functional and efficient layout.
The number of employees working in the warehouse is also crucial to consider as this can impact on the quantity of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required and facilities such as bathrooms, lockers and recreational areas.
Organise appropriate racking, shelving and storage
Choosing the correct racking should be carefully considered against the types of items that will be stored and factor in:
The chosen solution should be robust to allow for a long life span and be able to effectively stand up to daily wear and tear. Ensure that it is also securely attached to the walls and floors and that there is space for machinery safely to move around to help prevent injury from falling products and damaged goods.
Create a storage area or storage room for regularly used items
This is an important step as regularly used packaging supplies should be easily accessible by all staff.
Some supplies you may want to consider creating a storage space for may include:
Create barriers between pedestrians and vehicles both inside and outdoors
This involves eliminating hazards by not allowing the use of any vehicles in pedestrian areas or removing pedestrians from vehicle areas. This can be achieved through a well thought out floor plan where pedestrian and vehicle interaction is minimised and inducting all visitors to the warehouse area.
If the hazard can't be completely eliminated it is important to take steps to minimise the interactions by:
Ensure you have the correct PPE and safety equipment in place
Some of the basic PPE and safety equipment should include safety vests, safety boots, high visibility clothing, signage where required and potentially safety glasses, earmuffs or gloves depending on your requirements and the activities taking place in your warehouse.
Organise warehouse facilities and areas
This includes creating clearly marked despatch and receiving areas with large work spaces and staff areas such as bathrooms and recreational areas with seating, tables, fridges and tea and coffee equipment.