Safety issues in the warehouse are very important. Failure to observe safety in warehouses could lead to a wide variety of hazards to workers. There are several OSHA standards that should be followed when setting down a warehouse. Sources of hazards in a warehouse could result from a number of operations within the warehouse. These potential hazards include failure to use personal protective equipment properly, using forklifts in an unsafe manner, stacking of products improperly, and injuries due to repetitive motion among many others.
Improper use of forklifts, account for the deaths of 100 employees and 95,000 others injured in America. This could be as a result of untrained operators, failure to maintain the forklifts, or failing to follow procedures while arranging the warehouse. Forklifts should be driven safely at a speed of 5mph and in congested areas it should be slower. Failure to observe safety measures while operating a forklift, results in injuries that at times are fatal. Handling loads that are heavier than the capacity of the forklift could be another source of hazard.
Another possible source of a safety problem could result from material storage. Improperly stored materials could fall thereby injuring workers. Materials being stored improperly may result from failure to stack loads in an even and straight manner. This leaves aisles and passageways unclear or placing heavier loads on top of lighter ones. Materials should be stored in their respective places to avoid confusion and injuries. It is necessary to come up with better ways and labels to show which materials to be stored in certain places. In conclusion, these issues on safety should be addressed in an organization. They must be addressed for improvements in efficiency and also the reduction of work hazards at the workplace.