All types of work have health risks. Desk jobs can increase obesity and promote a sedentary lifestyle. Keyboard workers can develop musculoskeletal disorders, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Those on the field can get injuries from being exposed to natural elements. Many injuries happen inside warehouses, though.
Workplace injuries are a concern for you and the employees. They can result in income loss, poor productivity, and high level of stress. It is also costly for both parties. Reduce them with these ideas:
1. Stillage Cages
A stillage cage is one of the best ways to organise warehouses. They can hold pallets of various weights. This way, boxes don’t clutter the floor and gives more space for traffic. Depending on the design, it can improve efficiency. You can lift pallets for transport without having to open the cage. You can also pour the contents and keep them secure inside the cage.
2. Floor Plan
Something as basic as an emergency floor plan can help reduce injuries, as it improves the presence of mind during dangerous situations. If you need medical help, floor plans can guide rescuers and responders. Emergency floor plans must appear in visible areas and within eye level. You need to update them as building’s layout change over time. Most of all, train your employees to notice and use them whenever necessary.
3. Defined Areas
Be specific with your warehousing areas. For example, mark the vehicle passageways clearly. Hazardous areas must be off-limits to those who don’t have the skill to do the dangerous tasks. Using programmed electronic key cards can do wonders in keeping unauthorised personnel out.
A safe and healthy warehouse makes a satisfied and happy employee. When your employees are happy, they work harder, which benefits your business. For more information on how to design your warehouse, read the building code.