Warehouse Safety

Warehouse Safety

Your customers rely on you to ensure that their products are stored and distributed properly. Every day, you manage logistical processes for the safe operation of your warehouse/distribution centre and control the hazards that could put your workers, your customers' products, and your business at risk.

It's a logistical balancing act, but you don't have to do it alone.

How We Can Help

WSPS experts help businesses like yours understand how to keep your workers safe in a warehouse environment so you can feel confident that you are:

  • Protecting your employees and capital investment.
  • Storing and shipping products in accordance with service level agreements.
  • Reducing the risks of damaged products and equipment.
  • Managing your supply chain effectively.
  • Meeting legislated standards.

What you can do

Loading Docks are the entry/exit point to your operations, and they need to be safe and efficient.
Did you know?

  • You should ensure all staff and drivers are aware of your operational procedures and implement them daily for the safe loading, unloading and transportation of materials.

Racking is the backbone of a warehouse and yet many managers and supervisors don't treat it that way.
Did you know?

  • You should be conducting regular inspections of your racking systems to check for signs of damage like cracked paint, dents and damaged or missing components.

Manual material handling is the dynamic element of your operations.
Did you know?

  • You should ensure all pedestrians and operators are trained in the proper handling of materials and equipment to avoid incidents.

What the law says

In all provincially regulated workplaces, employers and other workplace parties must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations.

Some of the general duties of workplace parties include:

Employers

  • provide information, instruction and supervision to workers to protect their health and safety, including information on safe work policies, measures and procedures specific to the workplace and the work to be performed
  • take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers
  • ensure equipment, materials and protective devices are maintained in good condition
  • ensure equipment, materials and protective devices required by the regulations are provided
  • prepare and review, at least annually, a written occupational health and safety policy, and develop and maintain a program to implement that policy
  • post a copy of the OHSA in the workplace

Supervisors

  • ensure workers comply with the OHSA and its regulations
  • ensure any equipment, protective device or clothing required by the employer is used or worn by workers
  • advise workers of any potential or actual health or safety dangers known by the supervisor
  • if prescribed, provide workers with written instructions about measures and procedures to be taken for the workers' protection
  • take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of workers

Workers

  • use or operate equipment in a safe manner
  • report defects in equipment
  • work in compliance with the OHSA and its regulations
  • report any known workplace hazards or contraventions of the OHSA to your supervisor or employer

Workers should also be aware of their rights under the OHSA, including the right to refuse unsafe work and the right-to-know about any potential hazards to which they may be exposed in the workplace.

Downloads

Loading Docks and Warehouses

Loading Docks and Warehouses

There are many hazards associated with loading docks.  This guideline outlines these hazards and offers some safe work guidelines to eliminate or minimalize the risk.
278 KB pdf

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

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

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

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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Fall Prevention Safety

Fall Prevention Safety

Variety of offerings for workers and instructors including in-class theory and practical components. Price: Varies per program.

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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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Safe Lifting (1/2 day )

Safe Lifting (1/2 day )

Safe Lifting is a half-day, practical course designed to provide training on performing proper lifting techniques. Supervisors and other appropriate personnel are additionally equipped to deliver 10 min Safe Lifting safety talks to their employees.
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Safeguarding of Machinery: Understanding & Applying CSA Z432 (1 day)

Safeguarding of Machinery: Understanding & Applying CSA Z432 (1 day)

NEW! Learn how to protect workers from machine hazards-still a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities-using the CSA standard for safeguarding machines.
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$599.00

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

Webinars

Are you ready for the MOL Warehousing Blitz?

Are you ready for the MOL Warehousing Blitz?

Ontario's Ministry of Labour will target workplace hazards related to racking and storage during an enforcement blitz at industrial workplaces across the province.
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$0.00

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
New! Revitalized machine safeguarding standard

New! Revitalized machine safeguarding standard

A lot has changed in the last 12 years when it comes to machine safety: technology, hazard combinations, solutions, and even the scope of health and safety. These changes have prompted a comprehensive updating of CSA's 2004 (R2014) machine safeguarding standard.

Jan 17, 2017
Control warehouse hazards with specialized JHSC certification training (new resource)

Control warehouse hazards with specialized JHSC certification training (new resource)

Warehouses and distribution centres are big business. According to a recently published real estate study, they’re two of Canada's top 16 investment prospects.

Dec 01, 2016
Deliver warehouse safety training on the spot with WSPS’ 8 new streamable videos

Deliver warehouse safety training on the spot with WSPS’ 8 new streamable videos

"This is the future of awareness training," says WSPS consultant Norm Kramer. He's talking about eight new videos available on WSPS' own YouTube Channel and on our Videos section. Averaging four minutes each, the videos offer professional insights into distinct aspects of warehouse safety. All you need is a laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Jul 29, 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
10 proven best practices for managing safety around lifting devices

10 proven best practices for managing safety around lifting devices

Loading docks are one of the busiest spots in any workplace, with trucks, trailers, pedestrians, lifting devices and other equipment regularly moving in and out of the area. These activities often extend into other parts of the workplace, including storage and manufacturing areas, delivery yards, and even retail floor space. How do you keep lifting device operators, other workers, visitors and customers safe amid all this activity?

Feb 10, 2016
Ministry of Labour to conduct warehouse safety blitz in February. Will you be ready?

Ministry of Labour to conduct warehouse safety blitz in February. Will you be ready?

In February 2014 - just over a month from now - Ontario's Ministry of Labour will be inspecting warehouse facilities across Ontario. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services consultant Chuck Leon has advice for workplaces on how to get ready now.

Dec 04, 2013

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
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