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OSHA Standards and Warehouse Safety: A Closer Look

 It is critical for facilities to ensure that they are meticulously following the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards in their warehouses because employee safety is paramount to successfully running a warehouse. OSHA inspections are not scheduled, so they can happen at any time. The federal arm of OSHA inspects about 40,000 facilities a year. 26 state OSHA organizations inspect another 60,000 facilities annually. The dollar cost of citations for violating OSHA standards can be up to $7,000 for violations that are not serious, but if re-inspections show the same violations, the cost can be up to $70,000. However, the cost of OSHA fines should not be the primary motivation for keeping your warehouse in compliance with OSHA standards....

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How Do You Assess Warehouse Risk?

Your warehouse is the center of your company’s operations, and if something catastrophic happens, it could dramatically harm your business. However, while devastating losses in warehouses are not the norm, the facts are that about half a million dollars in damages occur every eleven days in warehouses in the U.S. because of inadequate risk assessment. To reduce the possibility of warehouse losses, you must be able to foresee where potential risks lie and take action to minimize them. We will look at four areas that should be considered when assessing warehouse risk.   Security Because warehouses often have inventory on hand, they are at high risk for both employee or contractor theft and break-ins. It is estimated that 50 billion...

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Five Tools That Assist with Loading Dock Safety

 Safety must always be at the forefront of all loading dock activity. When the pace of traffic is hectic and the speed at which trucks get in and out impacts productivity and daily operations, safety can be compromised. When this happens, serious injury accidents could occur and the facility and vehicles could be damaged. To prevent this, proper safety tools should be installed. These tools should be accompanied by thorough employee training to prevent accidents in the loading dock area. When the correct safety tools are used, the risk of injuries, death, loss of equipment, loss of vehicles, and loss of products is minimized. This not only ensures a safe workplace, but also an optimal environment for maximum production, maximum...

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OSHA Loading Dock Requirements

  Loading docks are busy hubs of activity for most warehouses, distribution centers, industrial buildings, and manufacturing facilities. Because these areas are heavily trafficked by vehicles and workers and because of the sheer size and weight of many of the products and materials that are being moved in and out of the facility, the dock area is also space where workplace injuries frequently occur. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that twenty-five percent of all warehouse injuries occur on loading docks. To help lower that number, OSHA has put specific requirements in place for loading dock safety, through 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.176 - Material Handling. These regulations include guidelines on the handling of mechanical equipment, secure...

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5 Keys to Loading Dock Safety

Loading docks are a key part of a facility’s infrastructure, especially for warehouses, manufacturing plants, industrial buildings, and distribution centers. The loading dock is a critical center for movement of materials, equipment, and products in and out of the facility. However, these areas often present serious safety concerns for employees. Severe injury accidents or even deaths can occur at busy loading docks if proper safety precautions are not taken.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council report that twenty-five percent of all industrial accidents happen at loading docks. Workers need to pay particular attention to what they are doing and always be aware of other employees that are present, especially during the operation of forklifts...

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