According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are over 7,000 warehouses across the United States of America, and they employ more than 145,000 warehouse workers. Incidentally, the fatality rate for the United States warehousing industry is above the national average for all other industries combined. Obviously, there is a great need for constant innovation in both safety and organizational procedures within these locations. Below you will find a few great warehouse safety and organization tips to add in to your security measures.
Warehouse Organization & Safety
Employers should try to evoke a ‘just like home’ sense of culture in their warehouse(s). In these corporate cultures, workers treat the work environment just as clean and organized as they would their own home. This also means keeping the floors clean of debris and free of any spills and loose items that could become tripping hazards.
Workstation areas should be fitted with anti-slip industrial floor mats. This helps workers relieve the stress being placed on their ankles, shins, and knees when they are required to stand in one place for long periods of time.
Extra thought should be put into the organization of all tools required by warehouse workers, and a designated storage space should be assigned to every single tool. Your policy should state that warehouse workers are to immediately return tools to their designated storage location upon completion of the task. This will lessen foot traffic due to workers searching for required tools and prevent additional hazards from leftover tools left on workbenches or the shop floor.
Organization with SPEEDWRAP® & VELCRO® Brand Fasteners
Industrial strength SPEEDWRAP® and VELCRO® Brand fasteners are extremely useful organization tools that can be found in many warehouses. One of the most common uses involves the SPEEDWRAP® Heavy Duty Cinch Strap. These industrial grade hook and loop straps are the perfect solution for fastening loose objects in place as well as securing and routing hose lines, wires and cables. Industrial grade hook and loop fasteners can lock items into place, prevent wires or hoses from being tripped on, providequick and easy access to the items being secured. Because these fasteners have so many uses for cord, object and hose management, they are an important part of overall warehouse safety measures.
Speedtech International has a large selection of SPEEDWRAP® and VELCRO® brand hook & loop products for commercial and residential applications. Speedtech can be reached at (866) 427-1456 or by visiting www.speedtechinternational.com.