Workplace and warehouse safety should be a priority in every warehouse. Not only is protecting your employees the ethical thing to do, but it can also result in cost savings by preventing expensive injuries on the job. But, if your budget is limited, it may be tempting to forgo certain safety measures to help improve the bottom line. While financial restrictions can be a factor, it’s vital to never put safety on the backburner, as it can easily cost you more in the long run.
Luckily, you don’t have to blow your budget to improve warehouse safety. Here are a few methods that can be implemented with ease — and without having to spend a fortune to make it happen.
Workplace Safety Training
No two warehouses are alike, so even experienced workers need to receive training to ensure they know how things operate in your place of work. Often, this starts by making sure every new employee is given a safety-oriented introduction to the environment with additional focus placed on areas relevant to their position. This gives everyone critical information about how to do their job safely and guarantees no worker misses out on the experience.
Safety Policy Enforcement
If your company is like most warehouses, you probably have a list of workplace safety policies and procedures that all workers are expected to follow. However, to ensure these policies are effective, you need to put real effort into enforcing them. Allowing safety issues to go unaddressed gives your workers mixed signals regarding workplace priorities and simultaneously increases the chances of an accident occurring. And, if those who violate policies aren’t reprimanded, you’re even implying these policies don’t actually matter.
When a safety-related incident occurs, it’s important to act quickly and decisively in accordance with policy. This shows that ignoring the requirements isn’t acceptable and demonstrates your dedication to the cause.
Provide the Right Tools and Equipment
While tool and equipment costs can add up, ensuring everyone has the things they need to do their job properly and safely is a wise investment. Employees who don’t have the right tools for the work often have to improvise, and this doesn’t always turn out well. Additionally, missing or damaged safety equipment leaves workers vulnerable. By ensuring the right items are available at all times, everyone can work more safely and productively, both of which benefit the company.
Make Smart Hiring Decisions
Warehouses are often subject to seasonal fluctuations that require new employees to be added quickly. But just taking the first applicant and throwing them in the position to get a warm body in place can be dangerous, especially if they don’t have the right experience or skills for the work. Not only are they more likely to be injured, but their inexperience could put others at risk, as well.
Instead, taking the time to select the right individual for the associated duties can keep the workplace safer, and it doesn’t cost you anything extra along the way.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective approach to hiring and warehouse safety, the recruitment specialists at The Advance Group can provide access to skilled talent quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to see how our approach can help your business succeed.