OSHA GUIDE FOR WAREHOUSE SAFETY
- More than 145,000 people work in over 7,000 warehouses.
- The fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all industries.
- Potential hazards for workers in warehousing:
- Unsafe use of forklifts;
- Improper stacking of products;
- Failure to use proper personal protective equipment;
- Failure to follow proper lockout/tagout procedures;
- Inadequate fire safety provisions; or
- Repetitive motion injuries.
Hazards & Solutions
Warehouse operations can present a wide variety of potential hazards for the worker.
For warehousing establishments, the 10 OSHA standards most frequently included in the agency’s citations were:
- Hazard communication
- Electrical, wiring methods
- Electrical, system design
- Guarding floor & wall openings and holes
- Mechanical power transmission
- Respiratory protection
- Portable fire extinguishers