Since warehouses are large buildings containing many people and various types of machinery all moving around at once, they are often prime places where serious injuries or even fatalities can occur. From fires and chemical spills to deep lacerations and burns, these and other serious situations require the use of various types of safety equipment. If you want to make sure your warehouse is equipped with the safety items needed when accidents take place, here are a few of the essentials you should always have at the ready.
Though many workers in a warehouse may be wearing glasses or safety goggles, it is still crucial your facility have an eyewash station nearby should an accident occur. For example, if a worker gets chemicals splashed into their eyes or has pieces of broken glass fly in their face, an eyewash station can wash out the foreign substances, reducing the risk of permanent damage.
Battery Watering Systems
Since most warehouses have forklifts and other equipment that are battery-powered, having a battery watering system can make the job of battery and equipment upkeep much safer. Due to most of these systems having internal and external flame arrestors, there is little if any chance a fire could occur when batteries are being refilled. Also, they allow for far less spillage of battery acids, which reduces the chances of employees receiving chemical burns.
First Aid Kits
While any warehouse should have at least one first aid kit on hand for emergencies, most safety experts recommend having multiple kits available in larger facilities. Since these kits should always be well-maintained and up-to-date, they should include such items as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gloves, adhesive tape, aspirin, burn spray, scissors and tweezers, and other related items. Also, the kit should have instructions employees can use to deal with certain situations until medical personnel arrive on the scene.
Easy to use, portable, and very effective in helping to put out small to medium-sized fires, fire extinguishers should always be positioned in strategic locations within a warehouse, with all employees receiving training in their use. Also, make sure the fire extinguisher in the warehouse is the proper type for whatever fires may take place. For example, Class A models are for ordinary combustibles, while a Class C is for electrical equipment. Since there are four classes of extinguishers, make sure you use the right kind on a particular type of fire. If the wrong type is used, it may either not put out the flames or actually make the fire larger.
Depending on what is stored in a warehouse, safety goggles can mean the difference between preventing a serious eye injury and an employee losing their eyesight permanently after an accident. Since they are designed to shield both sides of a person’s face, they can be very effective against chemical spills, broken glass, or other dangerous situations. However, since there are many different types of safety goggles, make sure those in your warehouse are best suited for your needs.
Personal Safety Equipment
While this category can include many different types of items, most warehouses tend to concentrate on such things as helmets, earplugs, knee pads, and respiratory protective equipment. Whether employees are subjected to ongoing loud noise, are in areas where items could fall from above and strike them on the head, or work in areas where they could be breathing in harmful substances, personal safety equipment will always make any warehouse a safer place in which to work.
Due to industrial facilities such as warehouses being subject to OSHA and various state rules and regulations, having safety items such as the ones mentioned here can keep employees safe while also allowing a company to be in compliance with state and federal laws. Once these and other safety items are in place and made available to employees, everyone can begin to have peace of mind.