OSHA regulations on material handling and storage state companies are required to store materials so that they do not create a hazard, according to BLR, a safety training company in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Additionally, OSHA regulations require materials to be stacked securely so that they will not slide or collapse. According the OSHA Pocket Guide on Warehouse Safety, employees should stack materials on each shelf evenly and straight.
Shelving must be sturdy and stable enough to hold the desired amount of weight. Never place an item on a shelf that cannot support it. BLR recommends placing heavier items on bottoms shelves, preferably on the floor, and smaller boxes on upper shelves.
Removing Items from Shelves Using a Ladder
OSHA requires employers provide, at minimum, a stable step ladder with hinged back and flat steps for employees to reach items without having to reach over their heads. Ideally, a ladder should be taller than the item you want to reach. You should never stand on the top step of a ladder. Limit the stacking of materials or items above eye level, when possible.
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