Warehouses are filled with accidents waiting to happen at all times, thanks to the huge amount of machinery and heavy inventory everywhere. But with employee safety as your top priority, how can you ensure a safe working environment around the clock? Here are three ways:
1. Ensure safety training happens consistently
Arguably the most important aspect of ensuring around-the-clock safety measures is to make sure that every single staff member is trained properly on how to use machinery properly and how to generally move around the warehouse in a safe manner. Keeping all training documents in a centralized place, and ensuring that it is consistently updated, is crucial for this to happen. When staff can easily access these materials anytime they want, anywhere they are, it means that these important documents can remain fresh in your minds at work and can be easily referred back to during times of doubt.
2. Test staff knowledge on a regular basis
On top of providing information to staff, regularly testing that they are informed on the latest policies can give insight into their overall understanding of your workforce’s safety measures. Running regular polls and quizzes puts staff knowledge to the test and makes room for rewards and recognition to motivate top scorers even further. If results indicate low understanding on specific areas, you can be aware to clarify certain documents or concentrate more on these topics in further training sessions.
3. Keep your employees engaged
At first glance, you might wonder what employee engagement really has to do with safety in a warehouse. Truth be hold, it’s a whole lot. Engaged employees are those who feel actively involved and passionate about the work they do, and studies have shown that this translates into lower risks of injury in a dangerous workspace. For example, when a staff member is alert while operating a machine, rather than half dozing off, they’re more likely to notice potential hazards to both themselves and those around them. More importantly, staff with high engagement mean they actually care enough to speak up about it and are more likely to flag injury-prone situations. Having employees look out for one another can mean significant amounts when it comes to avoiding accidents.