Health and Safety in Warehouses – What Everyone Needs to Know

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Health and Safety in Warehouse

This online course provides employees that work in a warehouse environment with vital information to conduct their work in a healthy and safe way. It is an awareness level course that explores the legal duties, hazards, and risk controls that warehouse employees must be aware of.

Health and safety are not just important facets of workplace safety, they are fundamental to worker happiness and satisfaction, and the success of any organisation. Along with the employer, employees also have a legal duty to protect their well-being at work. This statutory responsibility must be taken seriously.

Achieving high standards of health and safety is a partnership; it can’t happen without the full commitment of employees. Providing sufficient training for them to understand this important role is essential.

General Health and Safety Training Courses

Human Focus is currently offering the following e-learning courses under the general health and safety toolkit:

Why Warehouse Safety Course is Vital

Between operating heavy machinery, handling hazardous substances, and moving large objects, warehouses are some of the most dangerous places to work. Every year, a large number of employees are at risk of sustaining injuries and having accidents while working.

A quarter of major injuries in the warehouse industry are caused by slipping and tripping, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Being hit by moving and falling objects and falling from height are also significant causes of major injuries.

Warehouse safety is not a one-off task and requires constant attention. It means consistently staying on top of the systems in place, and using tools such as warehouse safety inspection checklists. But many businesses neglect regular checks in favour of other important business matters. However, this procrastination can lead to serious injuries and harm.

During busy business hours, safety checks may not seem as important as processing orders. However, in order to reduce the chances of accidents occurring, this is precisely the time when safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Accident prevention is also a legal duty.

According to the health and safety law, workers have a legal responsibility to take care of their health and safety as well as that of anyone else who might be affected by their work activities.

Employers also have legal duties according to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

This act states that business owners are responsible for ensuring that their employees are safe at work and are protected from any possible danger to their health.

This Human Focus training course can help both employers and employees in meeting their legal responsibilities.

Objectives of the Health and Safety in Warehouse Online Course

This e-learning course helps delegates understand their legal duties for ensuring health and safety at work. It examines the main hazards that warehouse workers may be exposed to on a day-to-day basis. The training outlines a range of basic safety precautions that workers must take to avoid accidents and ill-health in warehouses.

Prerequisites

This health and safety e-learning training requires:

  • Little or no prior subject knowledge
  • No course certification

Course Content of the Warehouse Health and Safety Online Training

During this training course, delegates will examine:

Who should take this Warehouse Health and Safety Training?

This course is specially designed for anyone who works in warehouses. It is also useful as part of induction training for new hires and for contractors working on a temporary basis.

Learning Outcomes of H&S Training for Warehouse Workers

Trainees will get to know the following aspects of health and safety by the end of this course:

  • Health and safety risks in warehouses
  • Effective fire prevention techniques, safe work procedures, and how to remain constantly vigilant for fires
  • Causes of fires and explosions in warehouses and safety measures to prevent fires
  • Range of hazards associated with warehouse vehicles and trucks
  • Range of injuries associated with warehouse work equipment
  • Common causes of slip, trip and fall incidents in warehouses
  • Important safety precautions to prevent slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • How injuries are caused by the movement of dangerous loads
  • Precautions to avoid the risk of injuries while moving loads in warehouses
  • Range of manual handling injuries while moving loads
  • Ways to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries while working in a warehouse
  • Role of personal protective equipment to minimise the risk of injuries and accidents
  • Importance of reporting any accident in a warehouse workplace

Benefits of this H&S Online Training Course

Employer Benefits

  • Maintains high standards of health and safety culture within the entire industry
  • Improves productivity of workers due to less downtime and injuries
  • Meets legal compliance with health and safety law
  • Provides legal protection against damages
  • Reduces rate of absentees

Employee Benefits

  • Provides an understanding of legal duties to ensure safety while working
  • Creates awareness of various hazards in a warehouse environment
  • Develops an understanding of safety measures to minimise injuries and accidents

Why Choose Human Focus for Warehouse Health and Safety Course?

Human Focus’s e-learning course for ensuring health and safety in warehouses is:

  • IIRSM-approved content
  • High-quality video-based training
  • Compliant with relevant health and safety legislation
  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) to monitor trainees’ progress
  • Self-paced
  • Compatible with desktops, tablets, and smartphone devices

Course Format

Format: 100% online training

Course length:  25 + minutes.

This online course on health and safety is designed to make learning easy. Learning time will vary depending upon the trainees’ pace. Each course contains:

  • Mini-quizzes after each section to help retain knowledge
  • Knowledge test at the end of the module

Knowledge Test 

The knowledge test is a pass or fail assessment. It is designed to assess delegates’ knowledge gained during this course. Trainees must achieve at least 80% to pass.

Certificate

On completion of this warehouse safety course, IIRSM-approved certificates will be awarded to the delegates. These certificates are sent via registered emails in PDF format and are downloadable.

If delegates fail the assessment test, they are given two more attempts to pass the test.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to wear safety shoes in a warehouse?

Safety shoes protect workers from a variety of hazards in the warehouse environment. Without them, a sharp object can cause serious injury to your feet.

Wearing safety shoes while working in a warehouse will:

  • Minimise injuries
  • Reduce chances of slipping and falling
  • Provide good arch support
  • Reduce stiffness
  • Lower the risk of blisters

What safety equipment is required when working in a warehouse?

Without the right safety equipment, workers are at high risk of sustaining injuries while working. They should be provided with personal protective equipment to stay safe in any warehouse environment. This equipment includes:

  • Hard hats
  • Safety glasses
  • High visibility jackets
  • Safety Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Masks

Where should workers report health and safety concerns about the warehouse workplace?

Health and safety concerns should be immediately reported to the line manager or supervisor. It is a legal duty of everyone working in a warehouse.

How to work safely in a warehouse?

Warehouse operations can cause severe injuries and accidents.  Therefore, safety precautions need to be implemented to minimise such incidents.

Below are the simple tips for staying safe while working in the warehouse:

  • Wear personal protective clothing provided by the employers
  • Keep working areas clean and debris
  • Follow health and safety rules in warehouses
  • Never try to operate any machinery without proper training

How to prevent unsafe acts in the workplace?

To prevent unsafe acts in the workplace every individual must:

  • Follow all the specific safety rules.
  • Report all the unsafe conditions to the managers and supervisors.
  • Encourage fellow employees to work safely.
  • Check the condition of PPE and use the correct PPE for the specific hazard

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