Designing Warehouses For Improved Ergonomics
To help improve the workplace environment, warehouse ergonomics can be used to reduce the risk of injury and make the workplace more comfortable and efficient.
Working in a warehouse can be a physically demanding job and often requires repetitive motion and heavy lifting, which can lead to long-term musculoskeletal injuries. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of warehouse workers will experience a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) at some point in their careers.
To help improve the workplace environment, warehouse ergonomics can be used to reduce the risk of MSD and make the workplace more comfortable and efficient. In this blog post, we will discuss the top suggestions for improving warehouse ergonomics and how they can benefit both warehouse workers and their employers.
By utilizing ergonomic best practices and making improvements to the physical layout, equipment, and tools used in the warehouse, employers can create a safer and more efficient work environment. Through improved ergonomics and a better overall experience, warehouse workers can feel more comfortable, productive, and secure in their job.
The Golden Zone
In ergonomics, the “Golden Zone” refers to the area nearest to the core of your body between your shoulders and knees. Managers should keep this in mind when arranging a warehouse:
- Items that are most frequently accessed should be placed on shelving that is set at heights between the average worker’s knees and shoulders. This way, repetitive motions happen within the Golden Zone and reduce the chance of injury.
- Similarly, very heavy or bulky items should be placed between the waist and shoulders so that workers place less strain on extremities.
Training Is Key
Teach your employees how to lift and carry items properly, and perhaps more importantly how to avoid handling items improperly. They should also learn to use machine assistance whenever possible.
Workers should learn how to recognize early signs of MSDs, and feel comfortable reporting them as per OSHA requirements.
Invest In Ergonomic Equipment
Simple equipment like rolling conveyors, pallet positioners, adjustable work benches and anti-fatigue mats can go a long way toward reducing strain and injury risk.
Learn More About Ergonomic Practices And Equipment
For more information about making your warehouse more ergonomic friendly, contact Raymond West today. Our warehouse design experts can assist with all aspects of warehouse layout and ergonomic best practices.