Solutions for Safer Warehouse Operations
Your Warehouse is the Heart of Industry’s Supply Chain
Seton understands that safe transportation, warehousing and distribution operations are paramount to industry’s supply chain economic impact on a businesses bottom line. Whether your operation is 500,000 or 500 square feet, keeping the people in the environment safe and productive is what keeps boxes moving. Workers in these environments frequently migrate from center to center seeking opportunities. At the same time, operation effectiveness demands state of the art investments in “good-direct-to-ship” technology. That’s why you need a partner like Seton who understands your world and how you have to get products “around the world” – sometimes overnight!
Resources for Every Step of the Way
Our solutions are suited for complex processes and facility environments that need specialized products for every step of the supply chain–as well as the departments that serve them.
Read below to learn how Seton’s understanding of supply chain and warehousing safety result in solutions that cater specifically to organizations with process and facility environments like yours, including the main departments found in most warehousing facilities.
Inbound – Outbound
Today more than ever, supplies, raw materials and finished products enter and exit your operation. We understand the demands associated with dealing effectively with inbound and outbound items and have put together a Loading Dock Yard and Parking Area Checklist to help. We thought you might want to look more in depth at a few key areas:
Continuous Improvement – 5S
Supply Chain drives the lean 5S “continuous improvement” principle by focusing on customer needs. This forces operations to identify and understand how the work gets done (the value stream). Seton identification products help with managing, improving and smoothing the process flow, removing wasteful non-value-added steps.
Identifying & Organizing Goods & Materials
If your company has guidelines for identification and organization, Seton will help you communicate them with intuitive infographics, filtering your policy down to all workers.
Enhancing Inventory & Quality Control Communication
Some use LIFO (Last in, First out). Some use FILO (First In, Last Out). Some use their own inventory controls. Whatever process your business uses, Seton can help with inventory and inspection labels and more.
Identifying Shipping & Transportation Operations
We can help you place special transportation information and instructions on your packages so they arrive to your customers in better condition. We also provide tools for shipments that require special handling, such as our Tip ’N’ Tell Indicator.
Beside your people, powered industrial truck (commonly referred to as Forklifts) are likely one of your largest investments Operators of forklifts have to be trained every three years and annual training is also an important part of a good safety plan. In the section that follows, we’ve assembled important points of interest like – widening traffic flows; regularly scheduling ladder inspections; maintaining and upgrading truck & dock safety plans.
Widening Traffic Flow Safety
Whether your workers are part time or permanent, it’s best to keep them and industrial truck equipment like forklifts far enough apart to avoid injuries. Walking pathways can get crowded during seasonal periods when built up stock inventory is close to square foot capacity. Best practice is to ensure everyone is clear on their “lanes” to move.
Inspecting Ladder Safety
Someone in your organization will inevitably be working at heights from a portable ladder. Ensure the ladder is inspected before each use and protect employees with customized tags if necessary.
Upgrading Truck & Dock Safety
Your truck loading zones and dock areas may be exposure points for infrequent visitors to your warehouse. Make it clear where truck drivers and others need to go with best-in-class information signs. With so many temporary drivers and delivery personnel entering and exiting your dock areas makes, it’s critical for you to know who is in your building and where they are at all times.
Keeping your safety programs aligned with the changing conditions of the market makes operating a facility complex–but mission critical. Here we will look at best practices for working on your equipement, ways to protect your people near machinery or fork lifts, improvements to parking environments, strengthening fire and evacuation plans, enhancing building system identification, improving your asset security and much more.
Best Practices For De-energizing Equipment
If the potential exists for exposure to hazardous energy or stored energy that has not been released/dissipated, employers must ensure that the employee(s) take proper steps to prevent injury from exposure to that energy. Proper lockout procedures save lives of workers working on or near locked out machinery. View a sample of our standardized Lockout Procedure Template (insert hyperlink to the pdf in these words), to create your own procedures.
Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147)
Protecting Your People & Guarding Machines
Even during routine maintenance and operations, workers face risks working on machinery. Employers have a responsibility to communicate hazards with graphics and in multiple languages. Labels/signs for hazardous non-work areas significantly decrease likelihood of injuries and clarify where employees are allowed and areas to stay out of.
Improving Your Parking Environment’s Safety
The grounds, sidewalks and other areas of an organization’s parking lot face a number of safety challenges: speeding drivers, distracted pedestrians, and unaccompanied children, just to name a few. All this makes your signs, pavement markings, and crosswalks critical to keep people and vehicles “in their own lanes”. Seton’s safety professionals understand the MUTCD model for compliance which can help your organization achieve risk control and lessen liability
Strengthening Fire & Evacuation Action Plans
The NFPA slogan “It only Takes a Second” sums up the challenges organizations face keeping Fire Prevention Plans. Seton has many resources to help you.
Enhancing Building Systems Identification
Security is a system just like fire, electrical, mechanical, HVAC, etc. Seton carries a wide variety of pipe marking products which are fully compliant with current ANSI/ASME standards as well as customizable to meet the specific needs of your projects.
Improving Your Asset Security
Asset management is the application of systems to ensure that every tangible item of value is monitored and maintained. Seton provides a variety of tools for you to use in crafting the perfect system to track your items. We have software and barcode scanners to provide you with base asset tracking to record every necessary item in your organization. Once you’ve got that set up, you can quickly label your items with one of the many asset tags, asset labels, and property labels we have in stock. And in case you don’t find exactly what you need or just want something more customized, we also provide “Design-Your-Own” tool. This will let you create the exact label or tag your organization needs.
Minimizing Slips, Trips, & Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and a significant contributor to worker-compensation claims. Three of the top then direct injury worker-compensation costs are falls on the same level, falls to a lower level and slip or trip without fall. Additionally, there is growing data from industry safety resources documenting non-employee pedestrian safety injuries from distracted walking.
We customize solutions to suit your unique equipment and production environment, enabling you to get the right message out to your workers no matter how dirty, grimy, harsh or otherwise unconventional it is. There are many ways to customize your products. Among the most popular are:
- Size and color specifications to meet ANSI regulation standards
- Language options to serve non-English speaking workers
- Directional communication matching the layout of your facility
- Logo and imaging options for further branding
Discuss your specific needs with a Seton expert, who will start crafting your solution and get you back to work safer sooner.
Call our OSHA-trained experts at (800) 263-1623 today.