The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase staff awareness of the how to stay safe in a warehouse.
The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
There are several risks specific to warehouses and warehousing activities:
- Forklift truck operations
- Vehicle movements / reversing vehicles
- Falling objects from racking or vehicles
- Slips and trips
- Falls from height (access equipment and loading docks)
- If necessary, stop and move to a safe place
- Wear high visibility clothing (mandatory in warehouse and yards)
- No access without permission of warehouse manager / supervisor
- Yard areas are out of bounds to all non-essential personnel
- Loading docks are out of bounds to non essential personnel
- Follow directions indicated by safety signs, i.e. hard hat requirements, and safety footwear
- No exceptions to local rules
- Drivers are to park vehicles and secure keys before loading or unloading
- Drivers are to supervise loading from safe observation areas
- All personnel are required to take extreme care when vehicles are reversing
- Staff are not to approach a FLT while it is in use
General management standards
- All staff are to be familiar with the risk assessment.
- Where method statements are available they are to be followed.
- All visitors must be escorted – particularly in the warehouse areas and yards.
- All vehicles are to parked sensibly when waiting to be loaded or unloaded.
- Personal vehicles are not permitted in the yard or warehouse areas.
- All drivers are to report to reception before proceeding to loading areas.