3 Reasons Why Proper Lighting Increases Safety in the Warehouse

Do you find yourself in the dark about warehouse safety? Are you looking for ways to improve safety in your daily operations but don’t know where to begin?  Here is a bright idea! It can start with lighting. Proper lighting is a proven and true method to increase safety in your warehouse and improve operations across the board. There are a wide array of benefits that come from taking these steps, including cost reduction, less mistakes and fewer accidents, overall. Here is how:

1) Reduces Losses and Damages To Products – Proper lighting decreases the likelihood that a product is lost or damaged to low visibility. Whether this be by virtue of the fact the product is hidden from poor lighting or dropped due to a mishandling, appropriate lighting will highlight all surfaces of the products and thus provide employees with an appropriate vantage of the material itself. The most subtle of items can be lost in poor lighting, including handles and areas to grip any product. If the lighting in your shelving unit or warehouse facility is adequate, this is far less likely to happen. As a result, losses and damages will likely be curbed and thus expenditures will be slashed.

2) Fewer Mistakes Are Made – Conforming to the first point of this article, proper lighting creates an environment where fewer mistakes are made. According to DAK, many employees like to work in a nice environment. Whether this be aesthetics, temperature or lighting, itself. When surveyed, a nice environment often features a nicely lit area that aids workers in seeing all aspects of shadowy corners and corridors. Doing so has been proven to reduce eye strain, which in itself mitigates a host of tertiary effects, including headaches, shoulder pain, and neck stiffness. As a result, a well-lit warehouse could make employees happier and therefore less-mistake prone. Furthermore, DAK argues taking such initiatives encourages personnel to work harder and drives down sick days. Much of this can be chalked up to boosted morale from fewer mistakes being committed.

3) Higher Efficiency Means Fewer Accidents – We will once again coin the old adage “Work smarter, not harder.” This is what efficiency is all about: finding and deriving approaches to bolster productivity while also limiting incidents in the workplace. When you have fewer accidents, efficiency is bound to sky-rocket by virtue of the fact there is less time and resources dedicated to damage control and more sourced to the operation itself. It’s been proven that dim lighting can lead to more accidents as a result of trips, slips, and falls. As has been highlighted previously, this can assuredly drive up overhead as worker’s compensation claims and compliance reports will induce costs and paint your enterprise in a grisly hue. The point is very simple: better illumination means better safety and less accidents to deal with.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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