According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 130 million workers are employed at more than 8 million worksites across the nation. As warehouses currently hold the highest rate of fatal injuries, maintaining warehouse safety regulations is a top priority. At WorkBox Staffing, we care about safety and encourage our employees to follow these guidelines.
Know what the safety requirements are: When you start a new job, read the posted safety standards, rules, and expectations. Don’t assume they are the same as the last job. Sure OSHA policies are generally similar across the board, but each employer may add specific guidelines for his/her company. It’s your responsibility to make sure you know and understand what is expected.
Note locations of pertinent information: Taking the time to know where emergency numbers are listed and locate where items like fire extinguishers and first aid kits are is essential. If an accident does occur, knowing this information can make a difference – it may even save a life.
Do not be afraid to ask for assistance: If you don’t understand safety procedures, ask your supervisor for help. Many companies provide training sessions to keep employees updated on safety guidelines. Often there are health and safety pamphlets to read or videos to watch.
Follow the guidelines: Knowing and understanding safety protocol doesn’t mean much if you don’t follow it. If you need safety goggles, wear them – all the time, not just when the supervisor is present. The same goes for gloves, knee pads, back supports, and any other required protective equipment. Following the rules helps you and your coworkers to maintain a safe working environment.
Use common sense: Somethings don’t have to be read in a manual. If you spill something, clean it up immediately. Keep aisles clear of clutter and other hazards. Block off open loading dock doors. You get the picture. All the safety manuals in the world don’t have the power of protection that comes from employees who are alert to the potential danger and take appropriate action.
Motivate your coworkers: We are not talking about being the safety police. Be a motivator first by having a healthy respect for potential danger. Follow the rules and guidelines with an attitude of acceptance. Express appreciation for management who care about their employees and stand behind the rules.
The responsibility of maintaining a safe warehouse environment does not just rest on the owner’s shoulders or stop at management. Attention to proper procedures must be valued at every level. Understanding and following safety protocol will help ensure your workplace environment is safe and productive.
Following these measures is essential to your safety, and heavily influences your job security as well. At WorkBox Staffing, we strive to supply the best temp employees in manufacturing, light industrial, warehouse operations, and office support for the best companies. We hire workers who will take the initiative to uphold proper safety precautions and encourage excellence among their co-workers.