Safety Advisor Corner: 3 Warehousing and Industrial Racking Safety Tips for Summer 2017

Trace out emergency exits in available light from emergency lighting. Frequently, debris stored in areas surrounding entrance and exit points pose a hazard in low-light conditions.

Storage racking is a combination of steel frames, beams and associated accessories that have been assembled to support materials (including pallets).

Some requirements for storage racks that are higher than 8 feet (floor to top of highest shelf) or under 8 feet, if loaded/unloaded by mobile equipment:

  • Employer must ensure storage racks are capable of safely supporting weight of items stored, designed and constructed in accordance with good engineering practice, and used in accordance with the specifications and instructions of the manufacturer or professional engineer.
  • Employer must ensure a qualified person conducts regular inspections of the racking for signs of wear, corrosion, damage, fatigue, or missing/incompatible parts, and ensure regular maintenance and repairs are completed in accordance with specifications/instructions of the manufacturer or professional engineer.

A key element of warehouse safety is the interaction between mobile equipment and pedestrians. Wherever possible, designate separate, restricted lanes for mobile equipment and pedestrian traffic. Ensure that pedestrian crossings are located in open areas with good visibility. Ensure that mobile equipment is equipped with audible and visual warning devices. Ensure that both operators and pedestrians maintain a high level of situational awareness at all times.