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Think You Have Warehouse Safety Covered? How Improved Checklists Could Solve Big Safety Issues

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Mar 28, 2017 3:00:00 AM

When was the last time you stepped back and observed everything happening in your facility? If you did this right now, what kind of safety issues might you discover? If you say, “none,” you probably need to take a closer look.  hook-1023870_640.png

The repetitive nature of warehouse work and ongoing daily pressure sometimes leads to workers who take shortcuts or bypass safety measures in order get the job done. Checklists are often the only measure in place to ensure everyone is on track when it comes to safety.

Why checklists matter

Checklists are an important tool that take otherwise-complex plans and break them down into more manageable action items, documenting the entire process.

For example:

  • Checklist questions can be used as a guide to complete safety audits quickly and more effectively.
  • They require definitive answers to all questions on the checklist — yes, no, or a measurement — there is no room for judgement calls.
  • Checklists can be used to remove obstacles and clear a path for emergency responders to safely reach an accident scene within a facility.
  • Checklist information is recorded and stored, so it serves as proof of compliance with standards set by OSHA.

There are a large assortment of checklists to help facilities meet the auditing requirements of many common OSHA standards. But, a well-crafted checklist should also be customized to your facility’s specific needs and objectives.

How checklists deliver across the warehouse

Safety checklists can be used for auditing many areas across your facility. Let’s look at production areas, which are where most accidents occur, as an example.

The use of a telematic safety checklist can be used to manage this entire location, not just the vehicles working there. Customizable lists may include evaluating the condition of floors and if proper warning signs are visible, for example.

Telematic systems can also be used to lockout  any vehicle when a critical question fails. This is a vital step, since OSHA reports that Lockout/Tagout features prevents about 120 fatalities and about 50,000 injuries each year.

What would this mean to you?

  • Mechanical problems are reported, and the truck is removed from service, locked out for repair.
  • Automated alerts are configured to email a safety or facility manager regarding any issues.
  • No condition exists that might adversely affect the safety of the truck or operator.
  • The safety of the workers most likely to be injured by hazardous energy sources — such as truck hydraulics, battery damage, or mechanical issues — is significantly improved.
  • Aspects of a forklift’s operation can be customized to meet particular requirements, reducing risks from operators’ errors in judgment.
  • Out-of-service forklifts are documented, filling gaps in operation history, should an audit occur.

They may feel like a nuisance, but safety checklists are a valuable component to protecting forklift operators, equipment, and your facility. Put an advanced telematic solution to work in your warehouse, and you are assured safety protocols are completed, not ignored.

Topics: safety checklists, OSHA checklists, advanced telematics, fleet monitoring, warehouse management

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