Signs of safety

05 September 2013

Beaverswood outlines how warehouse safety can be boosted with signage.

Legislation states that you must warn staff and visitors of hazards within your premises. According to statistics one worker is killed every six weeks and many more injured as a direct result of forklift accidents.

Having set pedestrianised routes/areas and visible forklift warning signs will help reduce the likelihood of any incidents occurring. Over the last few years there has been a significant growth in companies adopting 5S and LEAN manufacturing policies, The 5S focus is on Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain. Companies adopting these policies achieve higher operational results by sustaining a productive work environment, reduce waste, help lower accidents and lower un-planned downtime.

To further aid demarcation products such as floor signalling can be used which help highlight walkways, traffic flow, pallet positions and general marking on the warehouse floor. Available in a choice of 6 colours these floor labels are a simple but effective solution for floor marking.

To manage warehouse waste and maintain 5S standards adding Racksacks to the end of racking help waste segregation, promotes a cleaner green environment with less clutter/waste products being on the floor possibly leading to lower accidents.

The racksacks are available in 14 standard designs and can also be produced with special prints/logos/design. Due to incoming new legislation effective from 2015 means

that all waste producers must follow a hierarchy to re-cycle or re-use as much of their waste as possible and any waste that cannot be recycled must be segregated before being passed to waste collectors.

In addition, the management of any warehouse/stores needs an effective labelling and identification system, stock needs to be identified and in its rightful place in order to maximise order picking and minimise costly errors.