Warehouse accidents are rampant! This blog highlighted several forklift-related accidents that happened in the past month and outlined the 5 checklists to follow to avoid them.

In this blog, we will focus on the element of warehouse management that is key to minimising the chances of accidents – warehouse traffic management.

A warehouse manager is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees and others who visit your workplace. To that end, every warehouse manager’s role is to manage the physical environment, loadshifting equipment and people, to decrease the chances of collision and accidents, and often, to help the flow of freight via outbound and inbound freight management; an entire process known as warehouse traffic management.

The NSW Work Cover has developed a comprehensive warehouse traffic management plan checklist to “provide guidance to managers and supervisors of small to medium businesses on how to develop, implement and maintain safe systems of work, intended to eliminate or control the risks of collision in a warehousing and/or storage environment”.

The Complete Checklist for Effective Warehouse Traffic Management

warehouse traffic management checklistManagement Checklist:

Loadshifting Equipment:

Barricades / Barriers / Bollards:

Layout / Line Marking

Signage / Warning Devices

Training, Systems, Policies and Procedures

Personal Protective Equipment

External Traffic Management Requirements

Duties of a Warehouse Manager in General

For anyone who is a warehouse manager and responsible for the effective warehouse traffic management program, should also be aware of the core job duties of a warehouse manager. Here are those general duties, but each company has more specific requirements:

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

There are many similarities with the work of logistics and distribution managers.

It is advised to review your warehouse against this warehouse traffic management checklist at least once a year, or when there are major changes to your workplace such as new equipment or process changes. Get your employees involved when running through this traffic management checklist so that you get a better understanding of how they follow it, and since they are on the floor experiencing it, they can help you develop the best solution to the problem.

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