Warehousing Consulting

 

In 2009 over 2.4% of all lost-time injuries in Ontario involved skids, racks, and industrial vehicles*. Between 2006 and 2010, three Ontario workers died and 45 others received serious injuries involving racking and storage**.

WSPS offers a variety of solutions to help managers, supervisors and other workplace parties get up-to-speed on what they need to know and do to achieve a safe, healthy and productive warehouse operation.

Storage Racking Program Development

WSPS will help you ensure mechanically loaded racking structures can be safely loaded and maintained at your workplace. Through the development of a comprehensive Racking Program, which can include corresponding training and program implementation inspection tools, this service is aimed at supporting your overall Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program.  

Steel Storage Racks - Technical Awareness Series

This is a half-day, blended solution that has both a technical awareness session and a technical consulting component. The two-hour awareness session introduces participants to the hazards of steel storage racks and identifies what to look for when inspecting this equipment. During the one-hour consulting portion, a WSPS warehousing racking expert conducts a physical inspection of your steel storage racks and identifies and explains to participants deficiencies such as unsafe loading practices (e.g., using broken skids) and signs of rack damage.

Storage Racking Inspections

This consulting solution helps your business to understand  hazards related to your steel storage racks. The consultant will tour your facility, take pictures of identified risks, develop a written report and reference applicable CSA standard - A344.1-05/A344.2-05 User Guide for Steel Storage Racks/ Standard for the Design and Construction of Steel Storage racks.  The report can then be used to build internal capacity with your staff to improve their inspection processes and apply their learning to your workplace. 


Chuck Leon, Technical Specialist

A veteran in warehousing and logistics, Chuck's own experience falling off a loading dock was initially what prompted his interest in health & safety. Chuck Leon, Technical Specialist

*AWCBC National Work Injury, Disease and Fatality Statistics 2007-2009
**Ministry of Labour Data - www.labour.gov.on.ca

 

Consulting Services

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (1/2 day)

This 1/2 day awareness course shows you what your responsibilities are under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act and Regulations.
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$139.50

Warehouse Hazards From A to Z (1/2 day)

Warehouse Hazards From A to Z (1/2 day)

Warehouse Hazards From A-Z is designed to increase participants understanding of their role in preventing workplace injuries and overview of several of the most typical hazards within a warehouse environment.
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$149.00

Inspecting and Maintaining Steel Storage Racks (1 day)

Inspecting and Maintaining Steel Storage Racks (1 day)

REVISED! Reduce the risk of racking collapse. Learn how to properly inspect and maintain steel storage racks using the new CSA A344-17 User Guide for Steel Storage Racks.

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$539.00

Lift Trucks and Other Lifting Devices

Lift Trucks and Other Lifting Devices

Variety of offerings for operators and instructors including practical training and testing. Price: Varies per program.
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Crane & Hoist Safety

Crane & Hoist Safety

Variety of offerings for operators and instructors including practical training and testing. Available for on-site delivery only. Price: Varies per program.
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Certification Part Two - Warehousing & Distribution (2 days)

Certification Part Two - Warehousing & Distribution (2 days)

NEW! Certification Part Two training for Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) members in warehousing & distribution workplaces. Based on the NEW Certification Training Program Standard.

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$405.00

WHMIS 2015 for Workers - Instructor-Led Training (1/2 day)

WHMIS 2015 for Workers - Instructor-Led Training (1/2 day)

WHMIS 2015 training for workers delivered by a WSPS expert.
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$149.00

Downloads

Agricultural Safety Topic - Loading Docks & Warehouses (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Loading Docks & Warehouses (English)

To be able to recognize loading dock and warehouse hazards.

204 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Loading Docks & Warehouses (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Loading Docks & Warehouses (Spanish)

To be able to recognize loading dock and warehouse hazards.

601 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Pallet Trucks (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Pallet Trucks (English)

Moving materials with a hand pallet truck may seem easy, but safe handling requires skill.

202 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Pallet Trucks (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Hand Pallet Trucks (Spanish)

Moving materials with a hand pallet truck may seem easy, but safe handling requires skill.

600 KB PDF
Self-Assessment Form - Cranes and Lifting Devices

Self-Assessment Form - Cranes and Lifting Devices

This self-assessment form was developed as a result of a study on occupational health and safety for small companies in the metal processing industry. Researchers determined that companies with limited resources and time most need these simple tools for rapid intervention on real issues. 

The. zip file you will download contains two files; a user's guide and the self-assessment form.
308 KB pdf
Self-Assessment Form - Lift Truck

Self-Assessment Form - Lift Truck

This self-assessment form was developed as a result of a study on occupational health and safety for small companies in the metal processing industry. Researchers determined that companies with limited resources and time most need these simple tools for rapid intervention on real issues. 

The. zip file you will download contains two files; a user's guide and the self-assessment form.
347 KB pdf
Stocking

Stocking

There are many hazards related to stocking.  This download will help you identify potential hazards and what to do to minimize or eliminate exposure to them.
261 KB pdf
Order Picking

Order Picking

Order picking can result in a variety of muscle and joint injuries and pains.  Other injuries, and even death, can result from falls and collisions with powered equipment.  Some order pickers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals.

257 KB pdf
Walking and Working Surfaces

Walking and Working Surfaces

Walking and working surfaces - floors, stairs and ladders are associated with slip, trip and fall accidents.
148 KB pdf

Articles

Reduce injuries with leading indicators

Reduce injuries with leading indicators

Your injury frequency, severity rates and the impact on your workplace tell you that your health and safety program needs a boost. But do you know where to focus your efforts for maximum impact? Leading indicators will help you identify gaps and get your health and safety program where you want it to be.
Nov 15, 2017
Warehouse safety success story #1: Coca-Cola Refreshments

Warehouse safety success story #1: Coca-Cola Refreshments

How to move, store and ship products safely and efficiently drew a sold-out audience to WSPS' warehouse safety conference, held February 22 at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga. One of the highlights was a panel of three industry members discussing their health and safety priorities and solutions.

Mar 15, 2017
Integrating occupational hygiene into your H&S program: a success story

Integrating occupational hygiene into your H&S program: a success story

Like most workplaces, THK Rhythm Automotive Canada doesn't have or need in-house expertise to assess worker exposure to chemical, physical or biological agents. The task requires rigorous scientific methodology, best left to specialists like WSPS occupational hygienist Ilma Bhunnoo.

Jun 07, 2016
9 steps to take after a racking incident

9 steps to take after a racking incident

"If you look at pictures of collapsed racking, it looks like a war zone," says WSPS consultant Norm Kramer. "Just a mangled mess of intertwined metal pieces that can cover a large area." This frightening scenario, with its obvious risks to people and property, can occur when warehouses repeatedly fail to identify and fix racking damage. It's often a case of "one time too many," says Kramer.

May 05, 2016
9 ways to sustain the health and safety - of everyone - during the holiday rush

9 ways to sustain the health and safety - of everyone - during the holiday rush

If retail and hospitality employers get their wish, this holiday season will be hectic and profitable. "For some businesses, particularly small businesses, Christmas makes or breaks their year financially," says Rodola Sibuma, a WSPS key account manager. But with high traffic and demand comes a faster pace and higher volume of work, the introduction of temporary staff into the workplace, and a need to keep extra inventory on hand - all of which can increase the risk of slips, trips, falls, strains and sprains, stress, and more.

Nov 09, 2015
Removing snow from roofs: get ahead of winter with a 10-step plan

Removing snow from roofs: get ahead of winter with a 10-step plan

Ontario winters can sweep in quickly and unexpectedly, and once here they can still be unpredictable, with extreme variations in snowfall and temperature. If snow and ice could accumulate on the roof of your business, be proactive. Preparing a snow removal plan now could make all the difference between a worry-free winter and a frantic, last-minute response that could expose people to injuries, and your business to liability and loss.

Nov 09, 2015
Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Slips, trips and falls: 7 steps to prevent them and prepare for the February blitz

Next month's slip, trip and fall inspection blitz is the second in two years. "There's no question the ministry is taking this hazard very seriously," says WSPS consultant Kevin Smith. "And for good reason: slips, trips and falls consistently rank among the top four causes of workplace injuries."

Jan 12, 2015

Videos

Warehousing - Assess Your Warehouse Risks

Warehousing - Assess Your Warehouse Risks

Conduct a warehouse operation assessment that focuses on hazards and risks.
Jul 05, 2016
Warehousing - Prevent MSDs in Your Warehouse

Warehousing - Prevent MSDs in Your Warehouse

Sprains and strains account for almost 40% of the injuries registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Take a close look at the potential hazards associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders within the warehouse.
Jun 23, 2016
Warehousing - Conveyor Safety

Warehousing - Conveyor Safety

Don't wait for an accident to happen. Look for the conveyor hazards that can pose a risk to your workers and take steps to protect against injuries.
Jun 21, 2016
Warehousing - Use Pallets to Safely Store Your Load

Warehousing - Use Pallets to Safely Store Your Load

A pallet is a fundamental and standard piece of equipment used in warehouses and distribution centers. Don't take your pallets for granted. Take care of your pallets and you take care of your employees.
Jun 16, 2016
Warehousing - Understand the Basic Concepts of Steel Storage Racks

Warehousing - Understand the Basic Concepts of Steel Storage Racks

This video focuses on two of the most common causes of racking collapse: the racking structure is not properly installed, and the racking is damaged and it doesn't get reported and repaired quickly.
Jun 14, 2016
Warehousing - Understand Your Loading Dock Hazards

Warehousing - Understand Your Loading Dock Hazards

The person that has the most to lose when safe practices are not followed is the worker who loads or unloads the truck. Encourage your lift truck driver to take safety into his own hands.
Jun 09, 2016
Warehousing - Manage Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

Warehousing - Manage Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

Sound safety practices to manage traffic flow will ensure anyone in your facility is safe and your business keeps moving.
Jun 07, 2016
Warehousing - Understand Your Risks

Warehousing - Understand Your Risks

Warehouses can be dangerous places to work. It's important to understand warehouse hazards because they can lead to serious injury and even death. The key thing to remember is that most of injuries and fatalities can be prevented. Identify potential hazards that could be found in your facility.

Jun 01, 2016