Importance Of Health & Safety In Warehouses

Tuesday 20th December 2022

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Maintaining health & safety within warehouses is a priority for all managers, from making sure dangerous chemicals are handled safely to providing manual handling training to employees.

At ICE Cleaning, we are experienced warehouse cleaners. We can operate day or night to help get your warehouse back to a safe and sanitary condition, even able to arrive in just one hour in emergencies. Get in touch with our friendly support team to learn more.

Continue reading our blog, where we explore in detail the importance of maintaining health & safety in warehouse environments.

Prevents exposure to dangerous chemicals

If you use hazardous chemicals in your warehouse, you must make sure they are carefully stored and that everyone who works with them has received proper training. 

The results of exposure to these harmful substances can be wide ranging, from burns to eye damage. Personal protective equipment needs to be worn at all times to protect your body from the effects of the chemicals.

In facilities where chemicals are handled, safety data sheets must be accessible. These provide important information about the elements, including how they need to be secured and what dangers they pose.

In the event of a spillage, contact chemical spill cleaners as soon as possible. At ICE Cleaning, we are fully qualified to dispose of hazardous waste, and use the latest equipment and solutions to achieve excellent results for our customers. 

Reduces chances of injuries

A clean and organised workspace is key to protecting your staff. Having clear walkways and no wires hanging loosely means pedestrians are able to travel in the workplace quite easily without worrying about injuring themselves.

Spills can be a primary cause of slips and trips in warehouses. Make sure you have the correct cleaning supplies nearby areas where liquid is present, and have the spill dealt with promptly. 

An unclean environment may make it harder for forklifts and other vehicles to travel through the facility, which can slow down operations and decrease your productivity. Check the environment daily for any hazards and fix ones that you do find. 

Other tasks you could undertake include disposing of all waste promptly, investing in flooring to make hallways safer, and always putting up signs if an accident has taken place so that people will know to avoid the area.

During your warehouse cleaning routine, make sure that that the cleaning is delivered thoroughly. Our technicians at ICE Cleaning are IPAF qualified, meaning they can work safely at height while performing their work to a high standard.

To go into more detail about how you can keep your warehouse clean, take a look at our blog.

Increases sense of security

Items of high value are often kept in warehouses, and can account for a lot of the revenue of the business. It is important that you know your items are safe and protected at all times, which is where security comes in. 

24-hour security cameras, guards, and other technology can help prevent thefts from occurring. It can also monitor employees on shift as well, to make sure that theft isn't taking place during working hours. 

If a large portion of items were to be stolen from a warehouse, this could be devastating for a business. In extreme circumstances, this may mean some companies are not able to survive such a huge financial loss.

Investing in high-tech security is a good way to safely store your products until you need to ship them. Have a serviceman carry out regular checks on your equipment to make sure all is in working order.

Ensures manual handling is done safely

Manual handling is a central feature of working in a warehouse, and it is essential that employees are given proper training in it. Injuries from incorrectly performing this task can result in back injuries, musculoskeletal issues and broken bones.

Without training, employees won't know the correct method for handling heavy items. This should be a priority for all new starters you get, as it can prevent accidents down the line.

Methods to protect yourself and others include ensuring that there is nothing obstructing your pathway and that employees are able to see the route they are taking. 

Keep record of training that takes place and if there is new machinery or new techniques that are introduced, ensure training is provided for this too.

Have a read of the HSE's website for information about what should be included in a manual handling training programme.

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Get in touch with us today to find out more about warehouse cleaning services on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. Our dedicated customer service team work round the clock to provider you with excellent support.

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