‘PUWER’ or Provision of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 is the regulation set in place to keep people safe when using equipment whilst at work. This includes employers, employees contractors and suppliers.
Read our latest blog to find out more about PUWER and how you can ensure machinery and working equipment is safe to operate in your warehouse.
Under PUWER, warehouse managers will need to ensure that working equipment is safe and suitable for use without posing a risk to the user’s health and safety. The requirements for ensuring work equipment is safe to use include:
PUWER does not just apply to large businesses, anyone in any sector that controls or is responsible for work equipment has to follow them.
The HSE defines ‘work equipment’ as any machinery, equipment, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work. In summary, ‘work equipment’ covers just about anything used by an employee at work – including equipment they bring in themselves.
Additionally, under PUWER, ‘using’ work equipment does not constitute simply operating it; responsible persons will also need to ensure that users of work equipment are safe whilst starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning work equipment.
If you are a warehouse owner or manager, it is your responsibility to manage risks caused by work equipment and their use. Here are a few common risks that may be overlooked in the warehouse, and what you can do about them.
Forklift Trucks – Regular inspection, maintenance and repair is essential for keeping your forklift fleet safe and efficient. You may also consider implementing safeguards such as anti-roll mechanisms, driver restraining systems and racking guards to prevent damage and the risk of collapse in the event of a collision.
Staff training is essential when It comes to forklift operation, you must ensure that the person operating the forklift is properly trained and understands health and safety procedures during use of the forklift.
Racking Systems – Many overlook the fact that pallet racking falls under the category of ‘work equipment’ and thus should be kept in a safe condition. You should aim to have your pallet racking inspected annually by a SEMA approved rack inspector or when damage becomes apparent.
Rack awareness training courses for your warehouse can aid in recognising damage to racking early and increase employee awareness about the risks of damaged pallet racking. Check out our blog to find out 5 ways you can prevent damage to your racking system.
Moving Machinery – Moving machinery carries the potential to cause accidents, whether it is by a projectile, sparks, poor training or a person working in an unsafe proximity to the machine.
Machine Mesh Guards are designed to enclose the machine during operation, to ensure that any flying objects and sparks are contained.
The guard can also be sealed off to prevent any worker entering the enclosure during operation – in any situation, workers should be aware of how to shut down the machine in an emergency.
At Bristol Storage, we recommend the Axelent X Guard, You can see how it works below:
Lighting – Under PUWER, all employers must ensure that any areas where people use work equipment are suitably and sufficiently lit. Many older style high bay warehouse lights are inefficient, dim, slow to start up and have a short lifespan.
LED lighting is a superior alternative to this type of lighting, requiring fewer bulb changes and reduced maintenance. Additionally, the occupancy detection and zonal control features ensure that operatives always have adequate light when working.
If you are a warehouse manager, pallet racking inspections can help you stay compliant and prevent system collapses in your warehouse. At Bristol Storage, we are proud to provide independent SEMA approved racking inspections across the whole of the UK.
For any information and advice on keeping your racking system compliant, or to book your inspection today – speak to one of our expert team on 0117 955 5211.
Improving efficiency and reducing costs – it puts a smile on our faces and it’s something that every warehouse manager wants to achieve. The best part, it doesn’t have to be one or the other.
Whilst you may attempt to reduce costs by using second hand pallet racking, logistical and safety issues can arise from this. If an employee is injured, not only will you lose the savings you made by buying second-hand racking, but if your employee requires time off, that’s your efficiency gone too.
On the other hand, sure, automated robots can run 24-hours a day, but they are going to cost big. Additionally, without the right balance of human workers to ensure the robots are working efficiently, it’s Terminator waiting to happen, right?
In this post, we’ll run through a few ways you can reduce costs and improve the efficiency of your warehouse.
One weak link in your chain and the whole process suffers. Analyse your process to find room for efficiencies, are you making the most of your space? Is your warehouse using the best drop off and loading process? Do you have enough storage for surplus products – maybe you have an excess or storage space?
Rather than just looking at it from a management point of view, talk to your employees and team leaders to find out where they think room for efficiency lies in their relevant roles and departments.
Nothing is as inefficient and costlier than an unsafe warehouse. In 2015/6, there were 4.5 million working days lost due to workplace injury, around 20% of these were manual handling related injuries and 19% from slips and trips – we understand that some injuries are unpreventable, but there are several things you can do to keep these numbers down.
Here’s a couple of our top tips for keeping your warehouse an injury free-zone
The layout of the warehouse is one of the most important factors in keeping it efficient and ensuring that your warehouses’ layout maximises productivity ensuring more work gets done.
If you’re certain your layout is optimal and think you’ve reached the maximum space in your warehouse, look up! Rather than spend on costly expansions to your warehouse, make better use of your vertical space.
There are several products designed to make the most of existing space, for example, narrow aisle pallet racking systems and multi-tier mezzanine floors that allow up to 3 floors - effectively trebling your workspace.
New technologies are constantly being developed to increase efficiency in the warehouse, ensuring you stay on the lookout for advancements in these new methods keeps you competitive and gives you the opportunity to be at the forefront of warehouse efficiency.
This doesn’t mean replacing your entire workforce with automated machines, but incorporating this technology into your existing workforce to do tasks that can be competently and more efficiently done by automated technology, these could include, picking, storage configuration and packaging.
The key to a truly efficient warehouse is a happy one and job satisfaction has a direct correlation with motivation and output of work. Here are a few ideas for keeping your employees happy in the warehouse:
So there you have it, increasing your warehouse efficiency doesn’t necessarily mean increasing your costs. If you need a hand getting your warehouse up to scratch, we can help. Whether it’s inspections, new pallet racking systems to maximise your space or information on how to keep your workers safe; give us a call on 01179 555 211.
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After successfully carrying out rack repair works in the warehouse, Bristol Storage Equipment were invited to quote for some storage racking to another work area of the site where there was a requirement to create a neat and tidy environment to meet health and safety guidelines.
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Safe Working Load Signs provided. All load signs supplied inline with SEMA guidelines.
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We have said it time and time again, and we’re about to say it again. We cannot stress enough the importance of health and safety in the workplace. From correct moving and handling practices to proper signage there are a host of responsibilities you have as an employer.
And, although we haven’t previously covered it in great detail, fork lift driving is a major factor.
Whilst our Facebook page is all fun and games with our #FridayFail, which often features dangerous near misses with warehouse fork lifts, the potential for harm is very real. Have a read below as we discuss what provisions you need to put in place to ensure the safety of your employees.
The powered industrial truck is used to lift and move materials short distance and is therefore ideal for use in the warehouse and similar environments.
However, forklifts can be particularly dangerous in the warehouse. In fact, on average they are forklifts are involved in a quarter of all workplace transport accidents which is on the whole largely due to insufficient training on forklifts for employees.
According to the Health and Safety Executive forklift training should always include three stages as detailed below:
There is no specific requirement detailing the length of training as there are many issues that will affect the rate of an individual’s learning. Simply, training should be as long as it takes to meet all of the requirements.
In addition, it is important that even those who have received previous training, and therefore considered experienced, are routinely monitored in the workplace and when necessary tested or required to undergo refresher forklift training.
We have compiled a handful of fork lift safety rules, as well as some excellent tips, to ensure that both employer and employee, as well as additional warehouse employees, are not put in a position of danger.
Whether you need a bit of advice regarding your warehouse operations, or are in need of updating or additional pallet racking give our team a call. Just dial 01179 555 211 and our knowledgeable and friendly team will be happy to lend you a hand.
Alternatively, why not check out our blog? We offer some great advice regarding all areas of warehousing which could help you ensure smooth, safe operations.