Safe Usage Guide
The importance of maintaining Health and Safety protocol in warehouses, offices, production units and retail centres that have mezzanine floors installed cannot be underestimated. The kinds of work activities that go on in these environments can produce various types of hazards and risks to employees; nevertheless, having a well-rounded understanding of preventative measures and practices can certainly help in minimising the risk.
What are the most common causes of injuries?In warehouses, offices, production units and retail centres that have mezzanine floors installed the most common injuries to workers are caused by slipping or tripping, closely followed by being injured by falls, falling objects and by manual handling.Preventative measures and practices can certainly help in minimising the risk:
Preventing slips and trips on Mezzanine Floors
- Wear the correct footwear that is well-fitted and fit for the environment and is slip-resistant.
- Kept the area clean and clear of obstructions and all spillages should be reported promptly
- Types of flooring, lighting, and materials used in your Mezzanine workspace are fit for their purpose.
Preventing injuries caused by manual handlingThe Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992) expect all employers to reduce the need for harmful manual handling tasks by making adjustments that reduce the risk of injury, for example – it might be advisable to first palletise items for storage before they can be moved with a forklift truck rather than manually handled.
Preventing injuries caused by falls from a heightAnother key cause of injuries at work is brought about by employees working at a height. As with manual handling, where possible this kind of work should be avoided but if it cannot then it must be well planned, supervised and carried out sensibly.Invicta Mezzanine Floors’ unique edge-protection system can be installed and fitted with handrails and edge protection protecting employees from falls and also from any falling objects. A safe, well-designed practical solution that integrates both a handrail and footplate together in one and is powder coated to give a durable finish with excellent gloss retention.These kinds of preventative measures can stop staff from hurting themselves while working at a height and prevent valuable products or machinery from being damaged by a fall. Mesh panels can also be utilised to stop smaller objects from dropping over the sides. Pallet gates are perfect for securing staff from open areas, for example when loading up pallets.