Shelving and Racking Safety Guide
Improper use of shelving and racking can lead to dangerous hazards around your workplace. Ensure the safety of your employees and the protection of your goods by taking these simple precautions to avoid manual handling hazards.
Keep Goods Well Stacked
Poorly stacked goods present a falling hazard which could put your employees at risk: prevent any accidents or injuries by stacking goods appropriately and do not overload shelves. Check to make sure no goods or items are hanging over the edge of any shelf.
Use Correct Climbing Equipment
Don’t allow staff to climb on shelving or racking, instead provide employees with the correct equipment to ensure they are not put at risk when reaching for the top of a shelving unit. Suitable equipment such as step ladders and footstools are safe to use in manual handling environments.
Store Goods Appropriately
Goods stored together that risk contamination can cause harm to staff, so ensure you store items appropriately to avoid hazards. Placement of shelving and racking is also important. Check that floors are level and safe before installation.
Be Aware of Fire Exits
It is crucial that the placement of shelving and racking does not block fire exits or interfere with fire escape routes. Allow sufficient spacing between shelving units for staff, vehicles and in case of any emergencies.
Keep Vehicle Areas Clear
Poorly laid out shelving systems put your staff and goods at risk, so it is also crucial to ensure shelving is spaced evenly to prevent collisions from vehicles such as fork lift trucks.
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