There is a wide range of activities conducted in a warehouse environment that can result in various hazards. Effective health and safety management involves you and the employer, looking at the risks that arise in the workplace and then put in place sensible health and safety measures to control them.

Here are some of the main causes of accidents in warehouse environments:

  • Slips and trips
  • Manual handling
  • Working at height
  • Vehicles in and around the warehouse
  • Moving or falling objects

Here are a few steps and procedures to successful health and safety management:

  • Identifying the key health and safety priorities within a business;
  • Concentrating efforts on these priorities;
  • Assessing the risk to employees and others;
  • Eliminating risks where possible. Where risks cannot be eliminated, they should be reduced to an acceptable level and highlighted;
  • Using safe systems at work;
  • Providing the workforce with adequate information and training;
  • Involving the workforce and health and safety representatives in decision making on health and safety issues; and
  • Regularly reviewing performance.

Health and safety shouldn’t be treated as a burden it should be number one priority!