The world of work is subject to the risk of accidents on a daily basis, so it is very important to manage safety at work in the best possible way to avoid damage to people or property. One of the most affected sectors in terms of accidents or damages has always been the industrial sector, both for the efforts to which goods and personnel are subjected and for the quantity of potentially dangerous agents involved. This applies to all levels of industrial activity, from production to machinery maintenance, including warehouse management and logistics in general.
Precisely in this area, apparently the least risky, there are different types of security that must be pursued: during movements, in the passage between the inside and outside of the warehouse, up to digital security, increasingly present in a constantly connected world.
Logistics and warehouse management: the risks for safety at work
The risks in the warehouse vary depending on the working environment of the treated goods and personnel operations. Usually, the risk of accidents inside the warehouse are classified as “medium risk situations”.
The risk connected to the workplace concerns the equipment and infrastructures present: accidents between vehicles such as forklifts or trans pallets, falling goods from racks, mobile platforms, and more, are dangerous due to possible accidents or excessively loud noises.
The threats inherent to the goods handled, on the other hand, concerning the nature and extent of the products. Sometimes it can be very heavy pallets, others of flammable, chemical or contaminated material. Then come to the risks associated with the operators’ activities. The world of work has a very high percentage of pathologies linked to the manual handling of loads, but also to accidents from lightning strikes, slips or falls from a height.
For safety at work, therefore, every company must:
- inform about the risks and dangers in the warehouse
- train their employees
- implement and follow a prevention program with danger signs and indications
- provide employees with personal protective equipment
- provide employees with the tools appropriate to the activities performed
The internal-external passage: the management of bays, loading ramps and doors
A delicate step in the field of “safety at work” in the logistics chain concerns the transfer of goods from the outside of the warehouse to the inside and vice versa. This phase combines the effort of heavy vehicles and warehouse operators, who communicate to optimize times and keep the products handled in perfect condition.
At this level, a key role for security and logistics efficiency is played by loading bays. It is important that the structures have custom-designed loading and unloading ramps, the right sealants to maintain the internal temperature and resistance and fast sectional doors to withstand even intense work cycles. Safeguarding goods and personnel during the transit phases is equally essential.
We need protection systems that block warehouse closures in case of malfunction or obstruction, reduced maintenance and high performance during lifting and lowering.
Security systems for theft
Then there are the dangers associated with the theft of goods and warehouse equipment. We will need doors for sheds and locks for sturdy and anti-burglary bays, able to discourage and resist break-in attempts. Entrusting the inspection to security agencies, carrying out checks on the outbound and inbound goods and installing video surveillance systems can certainly help solve this problem.
Track transport in complete safety
The exponential development of e-commerce and online orders has resulted in a significant increase in the transport of goods and even luxury products, such as Hi-Tech or jeweler.
The movement of goods, already widespread and developed, has adapted with an increase in safety along the entire logistics chain, with advanced control and monitoring mechanisms.
The main measures range from checks on the securing of goods or on the condition of the driver up to intelligent driving aid systems for heavy vehicles, such as the automatic anti-collision slowdown system (Advanced Emergency Braking System) or the lane change warning device (Lane Departure Warning System) required by law.