Proper Storage and Movement of Supplies

Last Updated: September 1, 2020

Definition - What does Proper Storage and Movement of Supplies mean?

The proper storage and movement of supplies, within the context of workplace health and safety, is essential for preventing injuries and accidents in the workplace. An employer is responsible for ensuring that employees are properly trained in performing tasks involving proper storage and movement of boxes and other containers on the job. Additional training is necessary for the proper storage and movement of biological or other hazardous materials.

WorkplaceTesting explains Proper Storage and Movement of Supplies

When analyzing the proper storage and movement of supplies in a particular workplace, an employer should consider the types of supplies to be handled, the space in which supplies will be stored, the amount of supplies, the frequency in which they will be handled, and any risk factors associated with the supplies being handled.

When supplies are improperly stored, employees may be at risk for musculoskeletal or other injuries. Back injuries and repetitive motion injuries are common risks associated with poor handling procedures. Proper storage and movement of supplies includes correct labeling and packaging of supplies so that employees can easily identify the contents of containers or boxes. Supplies should be stacked at appropriate heights to prevent employees from having to bend or twist to reach them. In addition, tools such as forklifts or hand trucks should be provided for heavy or bulky objects.

Hazardous and biological materials generally require additional training and are often subject to additional governmental regulations with regards to what methods are considered proper storage and movement of those supplies. Additionally, drug testing samples and supplies are also under a separate set of regulations that companies must follow when planning for proper storage and movement.

This definition was written in the context of Workplace Health and Safety
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