OSHA GUIDE FOR WAREHOUSE SAFETY

Think 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:

  1. Forklifts
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Electrical, wiring methods
  4. Electrical, system design
  5. Guarding floor & wall openings and holes
  6. Exits
  7. Mechanical power transmission
  8. Respiratory protection
  9. Lockout/tagout
  10. Portable fire extinguishers
Don’t ever forget, your family is counting on you to come home from work safe every day