A warehouse may be stand-alone, or adjoined to an office. The main elements which may affect warehouse safety, causing hazards within a warehouse include high-level storage / racking, forklift trucks and heavy loads.
Common mishaps in warehouse environments include:
- cuts and bruises
- back aches from manual handling (carrying heavy loads without a mechanical aid)
- slips, trips and falls from height
- fires (most likely as a result of electrical equipment)
The law requires that any UK working environment that is under the control of an organisation with at least 5 employees, must hold valid and up-to-date health & safety documentation.
For warehouse safety, the required documents are: