What is OSHA?
OSHA is short for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was created by the United States Congress in 1970 with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to establish and guarantee safe working conditions for workers. OSHA is responsible for setting and regulating safety standards.
In the warehouse industry, OSHA is essentially another form of management. Not only do they set the rules, but they also offer training, general education, and a helping hand to companies that need it.
OSHA and the Warehouse Industry
The warehouse industry is filled with potential hazards, from unsafe or improper use of a forklift to not using the appropriate personal protective equipment. According to OSHA, the warehouse industry has a higher fatal injury rate than any other industry average.
A few of OSHA’s top concerns within the warehouse industry include:
- Hazard Communication
- Electrical, wiring methods
- Electrical, system design
- Guarding floor and wall openings and holes
- Mechanical power transmission
- Portable fire extinguishers
How SynTech Furthers OSHA’s Mission
SynTech’s goal is similar to OSHA’s. We aim to create a safer work environment for all warehouse employees. This is why we sell products that make safety simple.
As the world’s top provider of the revolutionary HIT-NOT Proximity Detection System, trust us when we say this is one of the most effective ways to improve safety conditions within your workplace.
HIT-NOT is a precise pedestrian detection system. It attaches to forklifts and other mobile equipment and can read through walls, racks, and around corners to alert pedestrians and operators of potential obstructions. These warnings prevent life-changing injuries and even death.
GPS Location and Monitoring for Lone Workers:
One of the significant dangers within a warehouse is tied to lone workers. Lone workers spend their shifts in isolated areas that can make it difficult to call for help or be found by another worker if injured.
To address this common safety concern, SynTech offers WheriTrack. WheriTrack is a tracking device that allows warehouses to track workers and resources. It includes a panic button for emergencies and a fall detection system.
Smart Camera Sensors:
Smart camera sensors like the ones we offer can aid in forklifts and hazard communication. They are industrial imaging devices that provide area surveillance, line guidance, distance monitoring, object recognition, and more.
In 2020, a new hazard became apparent in the warehouse industries – COVID-19. This led to the addition of Halo to SynTech’s product offerings. Halo is a proximity sensor that notifies wearers when another band wearer is within six feet. These alerts aid wearers in remembering to maintain a healthy social distance.
Additionally, the Halo sensor keeps track of all employees who come within six feet of each other in an easy-to-manage database. This makes contact tracing simple and prevents outbreaks of COVID-19 or other viruses from spreading throughout the warehouse.
Both SynTech and OSHA operate from the same general goal – to keep workers safe. While OSHA lays all of the necessary groundwork and ensures all companies abide by the laws, SynTech is there for companies who want to take their safety to the next level.
If you are interested in crafting a custom-safety solution that elevates your warehouse safety beyond what is legally required, SynTech can help. Give us a call today to get started.