While workers are the backbone of any industry, their safety should always be the top priority amongst workplace supervisors and executives. There is a variety of equipment to help minimise the hazards that could put workers safety at risk. Industrial safety barriers are one particular piece of safety equipment that makes a world of difference across a variety of applications. It is important to also understand that simply installing safety equipment is not enough. To truly look after your staff’s safety, proper, thorough, and regular training, access to manuals and documents, and proper signage should be implemented at all times to improve the safety standard and effectiveness of your safety equipment.
In many warehouses, there are constantly multiple forces at work in one space. From vehicles, to machines, and staff/pedestrians it is crucial that all elements are able to work safely in the same space. This is where safety barriers are incredibly important. Creating boundaries and designated space is a great way to ensure anyone on-site stays safe. Safety barriers can tell people where they can and can’t go, where danger may be, and improve the way they are able to move around a space.
When installed and implemented correctly, barriers are vital in improving the safety of an industrial workplace. Here are the ins and outs of industrial barrier safety you should know!
- Barriers come in many different shapes and sizes. Knowing about these different types and their applications will help you in making the right decision according to your requirements. From fencing, to hand railings, guard rails, bollards, and more. Each type of barrier will work best for a specific purpose. This is why it’s important to do some research or ask an expert!
- Barriers are usually installed or placed to limit the access of people and vehicles to a specific area that could be dangerous. There are two main types of barriers to choose from; permanent, fixed barriers, and temporary, removable barriers. Permanent barriers are usually fixed into the ground and can not be moved. This means they are usually a little more durable and long-wearing. Temporary barriers can be used in multiple places depending on the requirements of your warehouse. If you use certain spaces for multiple things these are a great option. For example, you can allow vehicles in or restrict entry with temporary changeable barriers.
- Barriers are made up of a variety of materials from rubber and plastic to hard concrete or metals. The choice of material comes down to your specific needs. It’s always good to do a bit of research before you choose to ensure the material you use is going to give you the most suitable outcome.
- When installing or placing barriers it should be made sure that the barriers are visible from a safe distance and are highlighted using reflective colours and surfaces. There should be warning signs that indicate the barrier’s presence from far away. This way pedestrians and vehicles can reduce their speed and be aware, thus further minimising the risk of injuries or accidents in your workplace.