warehouse safety equipment

How To Look After Warehouse Equipment

warehouse safety equipment

A crucial element of warehouse operations is keeping it organised, and ensuring all equipment is looked after and stored correctly. This is essential for the health and safety of all warehouse employees and to ensure the smooth running of day to day operations with all safety procedures being adhere to.

Warehouse equipment is often expensive, and is heavily relied upon for the efficient running of a business. Coupled with the crucial responsibility of health and safety of staff, looking after warehouse equipment correctly, storing it properly, and ensuring the right training for using it is essential for business success.  Ultimately, it is the responsibility of warehouse managers to ensure that warehouse safety is implemented but all employees and visitors must be aware of what they need to do stay staff in a warehouse environment.

Why Is It Important To Look After Warehouse Equipment?

Warehouse equipment can include everything from vehicles such as forklift trucks, to pallets and boxes, tools and other machinery used to effectively get the job done. Investing in this type of equipment can be costly, so looking after it is vital to prolong its lifespan and get value for money. A proper warehouse management system will naturally incorporate warehouse safety which can range from being aware of fire hazards, ensuring all employees and visitors have personal protective equipment (PPE) and that all warehouse hazards in general are limited and controlled,

Knowing how to look after specialist warehouse equipment will also ensure the safety of employees using it, and those around it even if they aren’t using it directly. Prevention of accidents and injury is the key reason why warehouse equipment should be looked after correctly.

Failure to look after any warehouse tools and equipment, including knowing how to store it correctly could become costly if it malfunctions or becomes damaged. You don’t want to have to replace or repair equipment at a high cost due to failures in looking after it properly.

Ultimately if it is your responsibility to ensure the correct handling, training, storage and use of warehouse equipment safely, then it pays to do it well to avoid the consequences if not. Certain safety equipment may require specific handling, cleaning or storing, but overall here’s some of our safety tips for looking after your warehouse equipment.

Warehouse Safety Tips

Whether it is warehouse safety, vehicle safety or fire safety, it is vitally important that all safetty procedures in a warehouse are adhere to to ensure that all employees and visitors These safety tips are designed to make working life in warehouses that use specialist equipment easy and safe.

Keep All Equipment Organised

An organised warehouse will help to ensure efficient and safe working, whilst avoiding potential hazards and accidents. If you have a clear system for organisation that everyone adheres to, it will keep all equipment organised, easier to keep track of, and will save time and money.

Ensure Everything Is Labelled And Sign Posted

Ensuring everything is labelled and sign posted correctly will help to avoid any confusion,

And will clearly mark any hazard zones, exit zones and assembly points that may need extra care or attention when working around. It will also make working more efficient if workers can go straight to equipment they need without having to look around for it.

Avoid Equipment And Machines Blocking Walkways And Access Points

Leaving equipment and machines in the middle of walkways and access points can cause delays and pose a number of potential hazards. Staff should be fully informed on best housekeeping practices, and understand the importance of clearing away equipment efficiently, and disposing of packaging materials.

Provide All Staff With Handling Training

All members of staff should have undergone proper handling training so that they have the knowledge and understanding to use equipment correctly and safely. Poorly trained or untrained staff handling equipment can have drastic consequences, and this includes cleaning and storing equipment properly after each shift. If staff work at height then specific training should also be provided here to conform to best practices and reduce potential risks.

Store Equipment Securely And Safely

Storing equipment securely and safely is essential to the safe day to day running of any warehouse. All machinery should be returned to their rightful places at the end of the day and any machinery, tools, or hazardous equipment should be stored, disposed of and protected properly. If any signage is required this should be put in place too either to serve as warning signs for the equipment itself or to prevent slips, trips and falls.

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