The warehousing and storage industry includes establishments operating facilities for general merchandise, refrigerated goods, and other products. These establishments may also provide logistical services relating to goods distribution. Potential hazards in this rapidly growing, fast-paced industry include those associated with powered industrial trucks (forklifts), ergonomics, material handling, hazardous chemicals, slip/trip/falls, and robotics. The most common injuries are musculoskeletal disorders (mainly from overexertion in lifting and lowering) and being struck by powered industrial trucks and other materials handling equipment.

Know the Law

Lists OSHA and consensus standards applicable to warehousing operations.

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Hazards and Solutions

Provides information on recognizing and controlling warehousing hazards.

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Additional Resources

Links to additional reference materials.

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National Emphasis Program on Warehousing

OSHA's NEP on Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations applies OSHA-wide. Inspections under this program began on October 13, 2023.

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