The main objective of this session is to help you prevent accidents and injuries while working in the warehouse and on the loading dock. By the time this session is over, you should be able to identify warehouse hazards; prevent back injuries; work safely with material-handling equipment; protect against accidents on the loading dock; stack materials safely; and prevent slips, trips, and falls.
Why “Warehouse Safety” Matters:
You may not think of the warehouse as a particularly hazardous place, but the fact is that there are many ways to have an accident and get hurt if you work in the warehouse. With hazards ranging from back injuries to forklift accidents to slips and trips, it’s not hard to see why that is so. What’s more, almost every activity in a warehouse is covered by at least one OSHA regulation. So it’s important for you to know and follow warehouse safety rules for regulatory compliance, as well as for accident prevention.
- Warehouses contain many hazards you need to be aware of.
- Always practice safe lifting to prevent back injuries.
- Use material-handling equipment safely, and watch out for forklifts.
- Stack and store materials properly to prevent accidents.
- Practice good housekeeping, and wear required personal protective equipment.