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Guest blog by Tom Reddon

As technology and business continues to grow and evolve, safety in the workplace has also evolved with modern trends. Fundamental safety training and continuous improvement programs have become outdated with the innovation and implementation of cutting-edge technologies, modernized safety directives and updated policies.

With this being established, safety training has become an essential part of the fabric of the workplace and is something every employee must appreciate. Industry leaders have adopted creative programs that have proven successful to increase safety in the workplace and reduce incidents and employee injuries. With these methodologies, practices and theoretical concepts available to all, now is the time for employees to take advantage of this training more than ever.

Here are some reasons why employees need to be trained and up-to-speed on safety awareness in contemporary material handling settings:

1. New Hazards

With chemicals and mixtures becoming ever more volatile and hazardous through synthetic production, the evolution of personal protective equipment has also progressed from the simple set of gloves and goggles. Now, employees need to don full ensembles that are essential in protecting employee safety and reducing the likelihood of an incident. In addition to understanding and ascertaining hazardous materials and personal protective equipment, workers must become astute with MSDS and supply chain practices to again increase safe handling of these compounds that may not have been found regularly in the market a decade or two ago.

2. Industry-Leading Programs

Throughout material handling and warehouse operations, many organizations have introduced and integrated cutting-edge programs for enhancing safety awareness. Some of the trendy names are Six Sigma, Agile and LEAN. Despite the different names, their goal is all the same: to reduce incidents and increase efficiency in the workplace. Many of these programs are anchored by logistical-oriented metrics that weigh various components and analyze overall safety ratings. Many of these platforms are complemented by the use of modern technologies and interfaces which are geared to further enhance delivery and execution of these initiatives. Offering training and education on these various platforms can bring your organization into the modern era and establish continuity. Additionally, these programs can boost safety while also drive up your bottom line and reduce costs.

3. New Tools and Toys

Now more than ever there are new tools that employees can use to improve their skills and enhance retention. This holds true in a variety of material handling applications and scenarios. A great example of this is the forklift simulator. This simulation is great for both novices and experts. Forklift simulators are safe to use and simulate a variety of material handling situations, the results of which often translate to the warehouse floor. Forklift simulation software is a revolutionary approach toward training, as it incorporates all the senses and puts users in a virtual reality without the dangers and hazards that accompany a live event. The forklift simulator is just one of many modern pragmatic technologies that have been utilized to increase safety awareness in the workplace. Continuing safety training for employees allows personnel to become acquainted with these interfaces.

4. Safety apps

Along with new programs and tools, safety apps are also growing in popularity as smartphone technology opens up a world of new possibilities. Safety apps can be used for a range of reasons such as risk assessment, project management and lone worker monitoring. While mobile apps are usually familiar and easy to use, providing training will help employees to embrace safety apps and create a safety conscious working culture.

StaySafe offer a lone worker monitoring app and provide free training as part of their service.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Reddon is a Forklift Specialist and Blog Manager for National Forklift Exchange. Connect with him via Twitter at @TomReddon

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