Top 5 Warehouse Best Practices
1. Maintain a clean warehouse
Proper housekeeping drastically decreases the likelihood of workplace accidents like slips, trips, falls, or crashes. Keep your warehouse floors and racking clean, and free of dust and debris.
2. Correctly position your talent
A respected leader in the warehouse greatly influences the work environment, turnover rates, and warehouse safety. Place individuals in leadership who know how to manage people not just processes in order to optimize your workflow and efficiency.
3. Take preventative safety measures
Hazard prevention is equally as important as having an emergency action plan. The following prevention tactics help you avoid accidents to begin with:
- Forklift safety training — forklift accidents are the primary source of rack damage and warehouse injury. Educate your employees to avoid such mistakes to act quickly and properly if an accident occurs.
- Regular rack inspections — don’t wait for insurance or safety audits to force your hand. Regularly inspect your racking for damage and missing components like clips or bolts.
- Rack protection — proper rack guarding like column protectors, end-of-aisle guards, and more stop rack damage in its tracks.
4. Acquire proper capacity labels and permitting
Be sure to label your racking for its stated capacity and follow all local and state warehouse standards.
5. Account for pedestrian traffic
Adding designated floor coloring or actual guardrail to prevent pedestrians from entering the space used for forklift traffic greatly decreases workplace accidents. Consider all forms of warehouse traffic flow and make accommodations to optimize daily operations.