OSHA Required Training
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 FrequencyRe-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.
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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 FrequencyWhen there is a change.
Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):
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 FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):
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.
Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):
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 FrequencyWhen there is a change.
Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):
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 FrequencyRetraining 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):
Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
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Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
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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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