How to Use Safety Sensors and Signs Properly

Implementing safety signs and sensors is a great way to ride the wave of the future and usher in the next generation of workplace security into your warehouse or facility. Are you puzzling over how to use these devices to their optimal capability? Do you want to know how to get the most of your investment? Placing safety sensors on the ground, using forklift warning lights, and installing a smart and efficient system are just three ways you can make the most of modern safety tools and equipment. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to utilize these tools in the workplace to see noticeable impacts in a short period of time.

1. Place on the Ground Instead of on the Walls – According to Cisco Eagle, placing sensors on the floor is superior than having them at eye level. The research behind this concept is incredible. As human beings, we are bound to perceive threats or be alerted toward entities that draw our attention at ground level. This can be chalked up to an instinctive response we are equipped with to ward off threats in the wild that may attack from the ground. Snakes are the best example to illustrate this. Safety sensors operate upon this premise and dial into the human psyche. As a result, these tools are best deployed at ground level to achieve maximum results.

2. Use A Forklift Warning Light – A forklift warning light is another approach that can yield substantial benefits. Forklift warning lights alert workers on foot that the vehicle is nearby, and they can be seen from considerable distances. Be that the light often works in circular oscillations or strobes, the pattern is bound to catch human attention and alert personnel of the presence of the warning light. In many instances forklift warning lights can be complemented by an auditory alert system such as a siren to further gauge employee attention. Warning lights have become a rudiment in material handling practices across the world.

3. Use a System That Manages Interactions Between People and Forklift Traffic – More often than not, improvements can be made from a management and logistical perspective to maximize the use and deployment of safety sensors and signs. Whether it be through the use of digital interfaces such as SAP to oversee and administer all aspects of the supply chain or through a more traditional approach such as standardized operating procedures, systems can be derived and instituted to achieve the ideal outcomes with regard to foot traffic and forklift interactions. In many instances, computer-aided systems add a level of intelligence to operations to identify areas of risk. Additionally, these interfaces can isolate and detect functions that need improvement and make recommendations accordingly. In essence, these systems are another set of eyes and can see deficiencies that are often hidden or obstructed from broad view. These systems integrate all the emerging technologies with sound practices that have been proven to be effective for decades.  

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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