Though each profession has its own advantages, there are of course also some risks. Depending on the seriousness of those risks, they can affect the whole image about the workplace, decrease employees’ motivation to some degree, which would also in turn badly affect productivity, and as a result, the profits, unless safety measures are taken. In other words, safety in the workplace is a must. When it comes to the warehouse, it’s all about risk when you think about this area: heavy machines, vehicles moving around, large objects being stored.
Therefore, it’s your responsibility to make it your priority and create a safe and secure workplace. Along with keeping the space well organised, with properly signed areas, adequate equipment (e.g. material handling equipment), having the employees educated on how to use all the bits and pieces of equipment correctly, and providing them with the necessary PPE, it’s important to take more precaution, and enhance safety by installing safety barriers where needed. Available in different lengths, colours, and sizes, barriers are adequate for numerous applications and areas.
Having this in mind, you should think of safety barriers as the basic and essential warehouse infrastructure, in addition to the adequate lighting, and ventilation. It’s up to you to assess the most vulnerable areas of the warehouse, in terms of safety, like the routes where most vehicles go, even plan future routes, and then decide on the barriers that would be most suitable thus protecting the employees but not obstructing the routes of vehicles either. Great news is you can combine some of the specialised barriers and come up with the protection tailored exactly to the requirements of your workplace. This includes permanent, as well as removable solutions, like the safety steel bollards.
Given the fact a warehouse is the place where forklifts are a common sight, one of the requirements is limiting the risk zones, i.e. the dangerous vehicles from pedestrians; you have to recognise the areas where there’s most transport, get the necessary signs, and set up barriers – either light, and small, or high-impact. That can be done with the help of high visibility traffic cones, specially designed pallet racking column guards, pallet racking end protectors, flexi knock down bollards, expanding barriers, retractable tape, and wall mounts.
It’s important to think of the possibility of high-impact collisions, so you can make the most of this purchase – think of it in terms of being an essential investment. The last thing you want is saving some dollars on buying barriers of poor quality, that aren’t only less durable, but less protective too; if you want to avoid accidents and injuries, you have to consider the barriers’ quality.