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Why is a Warehouse Safety Audit Essential for Your Business?

It is incredibly easy to become so consumed in our work, that we forget to consider how our equipment is fairing amidst the extended wear and tear found in most warehouses. In fact, it is very common to hear many owners of warehouses in the industry merely write off safety checks as irritating red-tape, and don’t bother with it at all.

This, put simply, is incredibly dangerous.

A warehouse safety audit takes into account all of the equipment and systems in place within your warehouse, as they are inspected and assessed by safety experts, in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. In this blog, we explain why it is so important for your business.

Familiarise yourself with industry safety standards

Unfortunately, when it comes to safety standards in Australian warehouses, many businesses frequently act in ignorance of OH&S standards and guidelines. This can be a sizeable mistake, not solely because of the dangers it poses to your staff and stakeholders (although that should be enough), but also the potential liability it places on your operations.

By conducting a warehouse safety audit, not only will you have the peace of mind knowing you have your house in order, you will familiarise yourself with your industry’s health and safety guidelines, so you can continue to do so in the future.

Isolate Risks and Violations

Once you have become familiar with all that is expected of you operating as a safe, secure warehouse, you will be able to progress through your audit detecting and isolating risks to the health and wellbeing of those in your care. Whilst in the past you might have believed your entry points were clearly marked, your electrical systems all in order, your forklifts and pallet racking equipment fully operational, and your emergency procedures well laid out, with this knowledge, you can see your violations of safety guidelines and quickly rectify them.

Lessen the Likelihood of Accidents

Working in a warehouse, accidents are inevitable. Their frequency can be mitigated, however, by adherence to the points laid out by your warehouse safety audit. After all, the majority of accidents that occur in the workplace do so because health and safety guidelines are being ignored. By allocating enough time, consideration, and resources into how safe the practises are in your warehouse, you could potentially not only save countless resources lost in legal obligations, but also the lives of your stakeholders.

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