For the most part, warehouse safety regulations don’t change much on a month-to-month basis. Many of the rules that you follow in your warehouse today are the same rules that warehouses have been subject to for decades. However, you can’t take that for granted. As soon as you decide the rules are never going to change, they will. Not staying up-to-date on safety regulations can leave your warehouse vulnerable to liability lawsuits, workman’s compensation claims, and increased rates of accidents and injuries. That’s why no matter how long you’ve been in the warehouse industry, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on warehouse safety requirements.
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So how do you stay up-to-date on the latest safety information for warehouses? Our warehouse consultants have some suggestions about how you can be proactive about safety information.
Check the OSHA website.
OSHA should be your first stop for safety information since they are the ones who are going to investigate your warehouse if you aren’t doing something correctly and could end up fining you. Check their website often. They have a comprehensive site that’s packed with safety information, along with access to services like consultations, compliance assistance, and ways to report incidences. You’ll also be able to find updates on safety regulations, safety checklists, lists of safety posting requirements, and so much more.
Read warehouse industry blogs.
The DAK Equipment & Engineering blog is a great place to start! We’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date on any new safety rules that come out or change. There are tons of excellent blogs out there detailing the warehouse and materials handling industry. Look for blogs that are written by industry experts and warehouse consultants from trusted companies like DAK Equipment & Engineering. If you do read about a new rule or regulation, it’s always a good idea to fact check the information with OSHA or another oversight organization to verify it.
Create news alerts.
Google allows you to create a “keyword alert” for news articles. When news articles show up online that meet your keyword requirements, Google will email you and let you know. You can set news alerts up for a variety of topics, but try “warehouse safety” as a start. That way, anytime a news article arrives on Google news (an amalgamation of 1,000’s of news sites), it will be delivered right to your inbox. At the very least, you’ll get to read stories about what other warehouses are doing wrong (and getting fined for by OSHA) and prevent the same thing from happening in your own warehouse.
Attend regular safety training meetings.
In addition to staying up-to-date on new information, it’s a good idea to keep old information fresh in your mind. Attend safety training sessions at least once a year and make sure that your warehouse team members do the same. This will help you keep all the rules fresh in your mind so you can be sure your warehouse is following all regulations, no matter how old or new they might be.
If your warehouse needs help ensuring it’s up-to-date with the latest safety regulations, you can schedule an inspection with the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering. We perform inspections in the Chicago area as well as across the United States to help warehouses work safer, faster and turn a bigger profit. Contact us today to schedule your inspection by giving us a call or contacting us through our website.