If not carefully managed, a combination of poor circulation, constant movement, and hot air can take a toll on the human body.
There are risks associated with operating heavy machinery, which can leave employees in danger when combined with extreme weather. However, taking extra precautions during Summer will help protect yourself and your employees. Here are six safety tips for warehouse workers and forklift drivers.
When working in a hot warehouse, staying hydrated is critical. Being hydrated helps to reduce your risk of cardiac issues and heat stroke. If you are a coffee drinker, ensure you drink equal to/more water for every cup. Generally, aim to consume 8-12 glasses of water daily to avoid dehydration.
Take breaks on time
During the warmer months, scheduling regular breaks and following them closely is critical to keeping yourself and your employees safe. During each break, ensure you have a drink of water and refresh. Having frequent 15-minute breaks, out of the sun and in the shade, is critical when working a physical job. These short breaks will allow your body to recover and helps to prevent exhaustion.
Follow forklift maintenance schedules
Machines constantly exposed to the sun can overheat and break down. Battery-powered forklifts may be negatively affected by warmer weather, so it’s critical to have your machine checked by a forklift expert regularly. Follow a regular maintenance schedule to reduce the risk and keep your forklift in a safe condition. To keep your machine in top condition, remember to keep it out of the sun when not in use.
Wear sunscreen & protective clothing when outside
If working outdoors, frequent exposure to the sun can leave employees at greater risk of heat rash, sun poisoning, heat exhaustion and skin cancer. It’s essential to wear appropriate sunscreen and reapply every two hours. When indoors, wear breathable clothing to keep cool.
Service your machine before Summer
Prepare for Summer by giving your forklift the required maintenance. To prevent the risk of breakdowns, aim to book your forklift in for a service in the lead-up to the warmer months.
Upgrade ventilation and fans in your warehouse
To keep your warehouse cool, it is critical you focus on removing hot air. Keep the windows open during the day and install ceiling fans to keep the air moving. Machines can heat up throughout the day, so it’s important to remember to turn off all machines when not in use.