Traffic management the key to warehouse safety


Warehouses are busy places, with people and machinery needing to access storage facilities safely and effectively.

Because these environments will see people and vehicles sharing such tight spaces, there are plenty of risks for your staff. Accidents between employees and equipment have the potential to cause considerable injuries, or even death.

Faced with these risks, how can you be sure that your staff and vehicles are effectively sharing your workplace environment?

The answer which many companies have turned to, and which SafeWork Australia recommends, is to implement a traffic management plan for your factory environment.

A traffic management plan will outline specific areas of your factory floor which are for pedestrians, with other areas reserved for vehicles. Having dedicated transport lanes for your equipment, and parking spaces set aside for when forklifts and moving devices are not in use, can greatly increase the safety of your business.

One option to ensure that your traffic management system is effective is to invest in safety equipment to separate your staff from heavy machinery. Rails, bollards and safety barriers can all protect your workers from heavy vehicles crossing over into pedestrian areas.

For tight corners, consider investing in safety mirrors which will let machinery operators and pedestrians see any potential dangers which are not immediately visible.

When implementing a traffic management plan, it is also necessary to educate staff in your new measures. If employees are not aware of the changes to your factory layout, or if they regularly flout barriers between different zones, then your traffic management plan will be ineffective.

Instituting a traffic management system doesn’t need to be difficult and, when done right, will have a big impact on the safety of your workers.