Archive for January, 2017

January 31, 2017

How to Improve Your Warehouse Safety Training

Safety training in the warehouse environment isn’t just a good idea, it’s mandatory. There are rules and regulations that you need to provide safety training to your team in order to ensure your warehouse is a safe place for them to work. If you neglect to do this training, it can result in injuries, accidents, and potentially leave you vulnerable to a negligence lawsuit or workman’s compensation claim.

The truth is, though, that most warehouses are good about doing the necessary training. It’s the training itself that might leave something to be desired. If you are simply getting up and reading through a set of rules, that might be adequate enough to get you out of trouble with the law and federal regulations but it’s probably not doing a lot to help your team actually learn. So what can you do to improve your warehouse’s safety training? Our warehouse consultants have some tips.

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Make Your Safety Training Better

Training should be relatable.

It’s tough to care about the safety training that’s happening in front of you if you don’t think it actually relates to your job. That’s why some of your team appears disengaged during forklift safety training; they might assume that because they don’t drive the forklift, they don’t have to care about the safety training it involves. In reality, forklift safety relates to everyone’s job simply because they work around the equipment. Let them know that even if they don’t drive the forklift, they can help make the drivers safer and keep themselves safe from injuries due to forklift injuries. When they know why the training matters to them, they are more likely to pay attention and retain the information.

Training should be engaging.

You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian or a professional speaker to do safety training, but it wouldn’t hurt. The thing that those two people have in common is that they are good at engaging their audience. Engagement is a matter of keeping and holding your team’s attention so they focus on the information being delivered and retain it for later recall. You can increase engagement by providing visuals, interacting with your team, and asking them questions.

Training should be consistent.

There probably isn’t such a thing as too much safety training. Training should happen on a consistent basis. Even if your team has been through it before, it’s good to go over the material again so it’s fresh in their minds. Annual training should be mandatory for every member of your team, but you can do training more often if you see mistakes happening or if there is an accident or injury.

Retention should be rewarded.

Reward people on your team for paying attention to the safety training and putting it into action. This can involve monetary bonuses for completing safety inspections or even a pizza lunch for going a certain number of days without an accident. The perks are up to your and your budget, but rewarding safety can promote safe behavior on the warehouse floor. Even a pat on the back and letting them know you appreciate their safety measures can go a long way.

Management should take the lead.

The team won’t care about safety if you don’t care about safety. If a warehouse worker sees their manager unsafely using a ladder, chances are good that they’ll decide to make an unsafe move as well. Lead by example and always follow your own safety rules and regulations to promote a safe working environment.

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January 27, 2017

Creating Warehouse Safety Checklists

There is something especially satisfying about being able to mark off an item on a checklist. Most of us in the warehousing and materials handling industry are fans of the checklist. These simple to-do lists help us keep track of what’s coming next, make our priorities clear, and keep track of items to buy and sell. If you work in the warehousing industry, you probably use checklists every day. But do you use them to help ensure that the proper safety rules and regulations are being followed in your warehouse? If you aren’t, you could be missing out on an opportunity to make your warehouse safer than ever.

Worried about the safety in your warehouse? Our warehouse consultants can help you find better safety solutions. Give us a call today for more information on making your warehouse safer.

Why Checklists Are Good for Warehouse Safety

  • It’s a good visual about what you need to do.
  • Easy to track what’s been done and when.
  • Keeps warehouse teams up-to-date on safety rules.
  • Easy to modify and customize to changing warehouse needs.
  • They can be placed in highly visible locations.
  • Teams are less likely to forget a step when they have it listed in front of them.
  • Ensures that safety processes are documented.

How to Create a Warehouse Safety Checklist

You can make a variety of checklists to ensure your warehouse is safe, including areas such as building safety, emergency preparedness, fire prevention and materials management. It’s up to you about which areas of health and safety you wish to address in your checklists. The goal of the checklist should be clear, though: to document the proper practices and help ensure that everyone is following them.

In order to create a good warehouse safety checklist, you can start by looking at examples from other warehouses or simply listing out the things that should be checked on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. Or, you can start with this free warehouse safety checklist from OSHA. This is a very general list that includes items such as clearing aisles of clutter, allowing for rest breaks, and ventilating the warehouse. Chances are you’ll have a number of other things you’ll want to add to the list, but at least this will help get you started and assist with brainstorming what should be on your list.

What To Do With Your Safety Checklist

Once you’ve created your warehouse safety checklist, print it off and laminate it. This will create a reusable checklist that can be checked off with a dry erase marker. You can keep this an informal process or formalize it by requiring employees to initial the items they’ve completed and ensuring that all items have been checked off within a certain time period. Make sure the safety checklist is in a prominent area where everyone can see it.

This won’t be a one-time creation. A good safety checklist should be periodically updated with new information as your warehouse grows and changes or you think of new items that should be addressed.

Are you worried about the safety in your warehouse? The DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help. We have experienced warehouse consultants who have worked with some of the biggest warehouses in the country to help ensure they are meeting and exceeding expectations for safety and productivity. If you have concerns about your warehouse’s safety, talk to us. You can call us or contact us through our website and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We have warehouse equipment, optimization, and planning services that can make your warehouse a safer place to work.

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January 22, 2017

How to Avoid Making Unnecessary Warehouse Equipment Purchases

We recently discussed on our blog how to save money on your warehouse equipment and offered tips to help you keep your equipment costs low. One money-saving idea that we didn’t discuss in that blog but that deserves a lot of attention is this:

Don’t buy warehouse equipment that you don’t need.

That might seem like an obvious statement, but take a minute to look around your warehouse. How much equipment do you have stuck in the corners that is barely ever touched? Chances are good that there is at least one piece of warehouse equipment there that you don’t ever use and probably should not have purchased. It happens to the best warehouse manager. But how do you avoid making that mistake? And what do you do when it happens?

How to Avoid Making an Unnecessary Purchase

The first thing you need to do is work with a good warehouse consultant to optimize the equipment that you already have in your warehouse. This will help you make sure you are using each piece of equipment in your warehouse, from your pallet racking to your industrial conveyor systems, in the best way possible. It will also help you identify where the real gaps are in your equipment and what you’ll need to fix it.

Secondly, don’t fall for trends but look for long-term solutions. Automation isn’t a short-term trend but is a lasting change in the warehouse environment that you’ll want to embrace. It will also provide a number of long-term solutions such as lowering labor costs, speeding up productivity, and reducing the instances of human error.

Lastly, make sure that all of your equipment is compatible. There is nothing worse than making a purchase of a new piece of equipment only to find out that it doesn’t work with your pallet shelving or will require another purchase to make it work. That’s a quick drain on your equipment budget. As much as possible, make sure that all of your equipment works together and is compatible. If it isn’t, ask yourself whether it’s worth the cost or if it’s time for a total equipment upgrade.

Want to make sure you are buying the right pieces for your warehouse? Contact the DAK Equipment team today. We have the warehouse equipment that you actually need!

What to Do When You Have Unneeded Equipment

No matter how careful you are about your warehouse equipment purchases, at some point, you are going to have equipment sitting around your warehouse that you don’t need. This could be due to:

  • Equipment upgrades
  • Changes in inventory
  • Moving to a new warehouse
  • Downsizing shelving
  • A bad purchase

No matter what the reason, though, you have options. The best option with an unused piece of equipment is to sell it and attempt to recover as much of the lost fund as possible. You can sell it yourself or work with the team at DAK Equipment & Engineering to help you find a buyer who is looking for what you have. Selling unused equipment is a great way to offset the cost so you don’t take a big hit to your bottom line, and it can help you find the funds for the equipment that you do need.

Have questions about selling your old warehouse equipment? Need to find the right warehouse equipment for your space? Talk to the DAK Equipment & Engineering team today. We’ll help you find the piece gear and get rid of your old stuff. You can contact our team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website. One of our experienced warehouse consultants will help you with all of your warehouse needs!

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