SPAN and Face Middle East hold warehouse safety seminar
In an efforts to emphasise the importance of defining and adhering to warehouse safety measures among industry professionals, SPAN collaborated with Face Middle East to host consultants, contractors, clients and members of the authority across multiple disciplines in the UAE for an informative Warehouse Safety Seminar.
The purpose of this seminar was to shed light on safety and raise awareness of risks associated with the negligence of proper implementation and enforcement of safety measures across the different areas of a warehouse; from the consideration of steel to the design of storage systems, storage/retrieval applications, loading docks, material handling equipment, facility and flooring and most importantly inspection and maintenance.
“When it comes to warehouse safety, ‘common sense’ is a subjective term that gets tagged onto several do’s and don’ts; unfortunately blurring the lines of what is safe and unsafe and causing many avoidable warehouse accidents and fatalities per year,” SPAN said in a release.
Walid Daniel, managing director of SPAN, reiterated the importance of clearly defining the safety standards for handling any equipment or technology, as this could be the difference between finishing a task unharmed or injured, or worse, could be the fine line between life and death of an employee.
Thomas Hanks, general manager of Face Middle East, touched on the importance of flooring, another aspect of safety that is commonly overlooked.
“Face Middle East were proud to participate in this event alongside SPAN. The subject of Safety concerns everybody within the industry and anything to raise the awareness of others can only be beneficial to everyone,” he said. “The floor is essential for the safe and efficient operation of a warehouse facility and this was appreciated by the audience.”
Eelco Adama, Logistics QHSE officer at Chalhoub Group Real FZE shared the company’s health and safety best practices and KPIs. They have established a thorough process to ensure the safest working environment for their people. Eelco stated: “We have a Health & Management System as we want our people, our co-workers, to go home at the end of the day to see their families”.
G.K Singh, manager facility permit and construction safety EHS at Trakhees, elaborated on the topic of safety within the warehouse but also touched on safety aspects outside of the four walls of a warehouse.
Similar events have been held in Lebanon and across the UAE with the same success, and SPAN tirelessly keeps up with their commitment to help improve warehouse safety by continuing to host informational seminars and by improving their solutions. An upcoming session will be held in Qatar in the month of May.