Warehouses, typically cleaner and quieter than a manufacturing facility, can nevertheless pose a series of hazards, many of which are not readily apparent to the naked eye. The warehousing and storage industry includes facilities focused on general merchandise, refrigerated goods, and other products, as well as establishments providing logistical services relating to goods distribution. Potential hazards include those associated with powered industrial trucks (forklifts), ergonomics, material handling, hazardous chemicals, and slip/trip/falls. Included among the most common types of injuries in the warehouse setting are musculoskeletal disorders and being struck by powered industrial trucks and other materials handling equipment.
Powered Industrial Trucks (PITs) are ubiquitous across general industry as they are used for a variety of purposes in warehousing and logistics facilities, as well as in all manner of production establishments. OSHA’s PIT standard (1910.178) imposes a host of requirements, a number of which are often misunderstood by employers and some that are misapplied even by OSHA. Given the serious hazards associated with operating PITs, OSHA has launched Local Emphasis Programs in a number of regions that enable Area Offices to open programmed inspections or expand unprogrammed inspections into an employer’s PIT programs.
Participants in this webinar will learn:
• OSHA enforcement priorities related to warehousing operations and PIT Local Emphasis Programs
• Key requirements for material handling and storage, walking working surfaces, hazardous chemicals, and PIT programs, including selection, training, maintenance, and safe operations
• How to identify deficiencies in your PIT program
• Tips to audit your workplace for compliance with 1910.176 and 1910.178