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Warehouse Worker Safety Training

Warehouses that store and distribute large amounts of materials can be excellent opportunities for employment, but the physical nature of the work and use of large, complex machinery means a higher risk of injury for workers. Material handlers and order pickers are confronted with hazardous materials and strenuous labor all day long. Below, you’ll find a list of warehouse safety training topics that are required for most Warehouse Workers.

OSHA Required Training

Forklifts OSHA Regulation: 1910.178(l)

When OSHA Requires Forklift Training:

When an employee is required to use a powered industrial truck as part of their job duties. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Re-evaluation every three years; re-training if new equipment is introduced, an accident occurs, or if the operator is operating the equipment in an unsafe manner.

Downloadable Forklift Training Resources (free):

  • Forklift Safety Powerpoint

  • Forklift Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Forklift Training Videos (paid):

  • Forklift Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Forklift Certification Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Forklifts and Pedestrian Safety by Atlantic Training

Emergency Evacuation OSHA Regulation: 1910.38(e)

When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:

If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):

  • Emergency Evacuation Powerpoint

  • Emergency Evacuation Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Emergency Evacuation Training Videos (paid):

  • Evacuation Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Emergency Evacuation by Digital 2000

  • Emergency Planning by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid for Common Injuries by Convergence

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:

When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

     

HazCom / GHS OSHA Regulation: 1910.1200(h)

When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:

Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):

  • HazCom / GHS Powerpoint

  • HazCom / GHS Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HazCom / GHS Training Videos (paid):

  • HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • GHS Safety Data Sheets Training Video by Atlantic Training

  • HazCom (GHS) in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Materials Handling

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Materials Handling Training Resources (free):

  • The Back and Material Handling Powerpoint

  • Manual Materials Handling Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Materials Handling Training Videos (paid):

  • Materials Handling Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Manual Material Handling Safety by Summit Training

  • Material Handling Equipment Safety by JJ Keller

Drugs & Alcohol

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Drugs & Alcohol Training Resources (free):

  • Drugs & Alcohol In The Workplace Powerpoint

  • Drugs & Alcohol Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Drugs & Alcohol Training Videos (paid):

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Employees by Atlantic Training

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Managers by Atlantic Training

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Supervisors in CONSTRUCTION by Atlantic Training

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training / DuPont

Hand, Wrist and Finger

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Videos (paid):

  • warehouse safety training

    Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

3.7% (rough approximation based on warehousing and storage industry) 3.7% Annual Injury Rate

Warehouse Worker Safety Tips

Warehouses that store and distribute large amounts of materials can be excellent opportunities for employment, but the physical nature of the work and use of large, complex machinery means a higher risk of injury for workers. Material handlers and order pickers are confronted with hazardous materials and strenuous labor all day long. Forklifts, box cutters, and pallet jacks are just some of the tools these workers use on a regular basis, and they easily cause minor to serious harm when used incorrectly. That’s why anyone in this line of work must pay careful attention to safety and constantly think of ways to avoid dangerous situations.

By following this list of safety tips, you can improve your efficiency as a warehouse worker and help to ensure the safety of you and everyone around you.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • A warehouse is a massive, busy place. Pallets, machinery, and other people are often moving at an incredible pace to keep up with demand. Take care to keep an eye on what is happening around you.
  • Slow down and watch out for falling objects, or even coworkers turning a sharp corner.
  • Never run in the warehouse, even if a task is urgent, take caution when moving across the floor.
  • Watch out and also listen for heavy machinery like forklifts.
  • When operating machinery, take your time. Also, make note of where your coworkers are and if they know the machinery is in operation.
  • Limit distractions. Using a cell phone, eating, or sometimes even getting lost in conversation can mean that you miss seeing something important or potentially dangerous.
  • Know where the exits are, and exactly what to do in case of a major emergency, like a fire.

Know your limitations

  • Meeting demands in a timely manner doesn’t mean you have to push yourself to injury.
  • Know exactly how much weight you can physically handle on your own.
  • Don’t attempt to operate any machinery that you aren’t confident with or have the proper training for.
  • Never operate machinery if you have recently switched medication, or have taken anything that may cause drowsiness, such as allergy medicine.

Communicate with your co-workers!

  • Ask for help! If something is too heavy or demanding, get the attention of a co-worker or supervisor.
  • If you have any special conditions, illnesses, or allergies that will prevent you from completing a task, make sure the proper people are aware of your circumstances.
  • Have a direct plan of action for each task. Being aware of what others are working on and expect of you will cut down on confusion making less chance of error and accidents.
  • Clean up after yourself. Leaving a spill or mess creates the potential for falls and incidents.

Use proper safety gear

  • Always wear appropriate clothing to a warehouse. Avoid clothing that exposes too much skin, is loose, or has extra zippers and straps that can be caught up in machinery.
  • Us the right PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Such as gloves, vests, hard hats, and protective eye wear for whatever you are working on.
  • Never wear open toed shoes. Boots or other closed toe footwear is the best way to avoid a broken toe or foot.

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