Warehouses can maintain electrical safety by following these steps:
- Install and maintain electrical equipment properly: Electrical equipment should be installed and maintained by qualified professionals. Electrical panels should be labeled properly, and all wiring should be properly grounded and protected.
- Follow lockout/tagout procedures: Lockout/tagout procedures should be implemented to ensure that electrical equipment is properly shut down and isolated before maintenance or repairs are performed.
- Provide proper personal protective equipment: Employees who work with or near electrical equipment should be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, such as insulated gloves and safety glasses.
- Train employees on electrical safety: Employees should be trained on electrical safety procedures, including how to identify hazards, how to use electrical equipment safely, and what to do in case of an electrical emergency.
- Implement electrical safety policies: Electrical safety policies should be developed and implemented, including procedures for reporting electrical hazards and incidents, and guidelines for the safe use of electrical equipment.
- Perform regular testing and maintenance: Electrical equipment should be tested and maintained regularly, including inspections of wiring, grounding, and other components. Testing should be done by a qualified electrician in accordance with OSHA standards.
InspectNTrack software is a great place to maintain an inventory of electrical equipment within a warehouse, and document associated inspection, testing, and maintenance activities. The Smart Safety Pro lockout/tagout add-on platform provides a digital app to create image-rich lockout/tagout procedures for each piece of equipment within the warehouse.
Personal Protective Equipment
The inspection requirements for PPE (personal protective equipment) can vary depending on the type of equipment. However, in general, here are some guidelines for inspecting PPE:
- Visual inspection: Conduct a visual inspection of the PPE before each use. Check for signs of wear and tear, damage, or deterioration. Look for any cracks, tears, holes, or other damage that could affect the effectiveness of the equipment.
- Functional inspection: Test the functional aspects of the PPE to ensure that it is working properly. For example, check that the straps on a safety harness are properly fastened and adjusted, or that the lenses on safety glasses are not scratched or damaged.
- Cleaning and maintenance: Clean and maintain the PPE according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may include washing, disinfecting, and storing the equipment in a clean and dry location.
- Record keeping: Keep accurate records of all inspections, repairs, and maintenance procedures. This can help track the condition of the equipment and identify any recurring issues.
It’s important to note that the specific inspection requirements for PPE can vary depending on the type of equipment, so it’s important to consult the manufacturer’s instructions and OSHA guidelines for specific guidelines. Additionally, some types of PPE may require more frequent inspections and testing depending on the level of risk associated with the equipment and the work environment. InspectNTrack software maintains the appropriate inspection, testing, and maintenance procedures for each type of PPE. It also maintains digital records of these tasks.
Keeping warehouses safe is a big job, but software such as InspectNTrack makes the job much easier. InspectNTrack’s customizable equipment types makes it able to manage everything in the warehouse, from pallet racking to forklifts to machinery and more.