Should You Host an OSHA Session in Your Warehouse? | Conesco

Should You Host an OSHA Session in Your Warehouse?

What’s the most important thing in your warehouse? Is it productivity? Is it efficiency? Is it safety? If you’ve run a warehouse for a while, you know that one of the most important concepts in any warehouse or storage center is safety. Safety keeps your employees happy and healthy, and happy and healthy employees make for more efficient employees.

There are several ways to ensure the safety of your floor and employees including proper safety equipment, specific procedure, and listening to experts on workplace safety. Speaking of those experts, have you thought about working with the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA)? Let’s review what you can gain by hosting an OSHA seminar in your warehouse.

Should You Host an OSHA Session in Your Warehouse?

You can and should hold OSHA seminars for your warehouse staff. There isn’t much explanation in telling you to do something, so here’s why.

Create a Safer Warehouse

During an OSHA seminar, such as a “Public Warehousing and Storage” session, a safety rep will review pertinent safety and hazard information as it applies to your warehouse with you and your employees. You have your safety parameters and rules set in place, but if one employee learns something that prevents a future accident, then the seminar has done its job.

It’s harsh to think about your employees as paperwork and part of your bottom line, but it is a fact, an injured employee is not a useful employee in a warehouse and workplace injuries could cost you. You should be taking all the steps you can to prevent all accidents in your warehouse.

Help Yourself Out

Make no mistake about it, if OSHA finds that you are ignoring or violating a rule, you will be issued a citation. Participating in OSHA safety training or seminars can put your company in a better boat with OSHA. If one of your employees is caught violating a safety rule, you can show OSHA that the employee was trained in safety measurements, that you have a safe working environment, and from there OSHA may lessen any penalties or withdraw them. Again, this is always a case-by-case basis, but you can prove that you’re proactive in training and safety by enrolling your employees in an OSHA seminar.

If OSHA seminars sound like they would benefit you, what are you waiting for? Make the call to your local OSHA office to find out what they offer, and what your company can get out of it. In the end, a safer warehouse is a better warehouse and a more profitable one.