Highway Traffic and Road Safety


Road Safety



Material Handling and Storage





Along with forklift safety, many other factors should be of concern when storing and handling materials.


Recognizing that damaged product is an unnecessary and wasteful expense, all workers are expected to exert the greatest care in handling any and all materials in their workplace.  

Workers must ensure that:

A pre-operational check of their equipment is performed prior to moving any materials.

Any repairs required to equipment are reported immediately and any equipment that is unsafe is not used.

Only capable and qualified personnel will operate equipment.

Rated capacity of forklift or other lifting equipment is not exceeded.

Extreme care be taken when tilting loads. Tilting forward with forks elevated shall be prohibited except when picking up a load. Tilting elevated loads forward shall be prohibited, except where the load is to be deposited on a storage rack or equivalent.

Special precautions be taken in the securing and handling of loads by forklifts equipped with special attachments and during the operation of these trucks after loads have been removed.






Material is stacked properly for safe and efficient retrieval. Keep heavier materials near floor.

Aisles/walkways/ramps remain clear of foreign material and equipment, stack items so that they do not extend into aisles. Be sure bin items do not extend into walkways and that bin drawers are not left open.

Overhead obstructions, doorways and entrances are safely cleared by forklift and load.

Personal protective equipment is worn consistent with hazards that may be present or as dictated by company policy. Steel-toe shoes are required at all times in industrial environments.

Proper lifting techniques are used to avoid personal injury.  Get help or use lifting equipment if necessary.

They are aware of loose or slippery materials, tripping hazards and other obstructions. Take appropriate measures to eliminate them.

If a ladder is used, they follow safe operating procedures and manufacturer's recommendations. Any worker working at height must use fall protection.

They use hand and footholds properly to get on/off vehicles? (three-point stance).

Guardrails and toe boards (mezzanine floor) adequate, in place/secure.

Hoists/cranes/jacks/lift trucks are marked for load capacity and in good condition.

Materials are handled safely to avoid cuts and other injury (hand/mechanized)

They are aware of the variety of chemicals, cleaning agents, degreasers, paints, thinners or other combustible materials that may be stored in the warehouse. Read and follow warning labels on containers and on MSDSs, ensuring materials are handled and stored properly.

They notify the supervisor if a hazardous substance is spilled. Follow proper procedure for clean up.





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