Guide to safety measures while handling and storing goods on pallets

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Businesses are diverse today and whatever the nature of your business, it is likely to involve stacking and storage of goods and materials. As trivial as it may sound, most of your business’s fortune depends on the goods. Hence, care should be taken at making the storage space a safe haven for these materials. Following are some measures to consider while handling and storing goods on pallets.
People, materials and machinery. In order to create a safe environment, attention must be paid to these three factors and the rest will fall in place organically. Employers must take all reasonable steps to ensure that all goods, materials, substances and equipment in workplaces are stacked and stored in a way that they do not constitute a danger to persons or things in their vicinity during the course of daily operations.
The nature of goods vary with the nature of business. Some businesses deal in light-weight materials whereas others deal only in heavy-duty packages. It becomes essentially in the latter case to train the employees to better adept them with the risks involved. They should be made aware of the nature of the goods stored, the hazards involved and the precautions to be taken, protective clothing and equipment to be worn, and action to be taken in emergencies.
While training employees is a must in handling all types of products, extra attention should be paid and special training be provided to employees operating mechanical equipment. Fire safety, including the use of fire-fighting equipment, should strictly form part of all training. Another important aspect involved in training and safety and employees in proving them with protective gears such as aprons, gloves, gauntlets, safety helmets, ear protection, eye protection safety footwear, face masks, respirators and safety harnesses.
With an extensive range of pallets available, quite often accidents occur due to the application of wrong equipment at the wrong place and by wrong people. Allowance should be made for the possibility of stored materials becoming waterlogged, and for shock loads from placing materials or from accidental contact by handling equipment. When partitions are used to increase storage capacity, or to separate stored materials, they should be adequately designed and be of sufficient strength to contain the stored material safely. Fire-protective partitions should be used between stored items of differing vulnerability to fire. The corners or ends of shelving and racks should be protected from damage by forklift trucks or mechanised equipment by steel posts, angle irons or other means.

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