A warehouse is a dangerous place. Workers are utilizing powerful equipment, moving heavy items and possibly working with hazardous materials. Maintaining warehouse safety is crucial to employee satisfaction and business success. Companies who put worker needs first won't suffer from high turnover rates or unmotivated labor. Adopting Microsoft Dynamics NAV add-ons can provide the additional tools necessary to eliminate risky conditions.

Avoid mistakes
Many companies already use data sharing software like Microsoft Dynamics NAV to improve warehouse operations. Information reported during accidents or mistakes can prevent future incidents.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recommended using operational histories to avoid dangerous procedures. When an accident occurs, a company should examine the sequence of events leading up to it. Sometimes altering a single routine or practice can prevent further problems.

To achieve maximum visibility of everything that happens in a warehouse, a company needs to employ data capture tools that provide real-time information. The Dynamics NAV barcode scanning system allows data about items in inventory to be captured easily and consistently throughout the day.

If an accident does happen, the intelligence provided by the device can track item locations and worker movements. It can indicate where mistakes were made and who was involved when the incident occurred. Other tools such as time tracking can provide further visibility of worker routines.

Don't rush
Many warehouse functions must be carefully performed. Employees shouldn't lift loads too heavy to safely carry because they don't want to wait for the proper equipment or throw boxes onto the wrong shelves to keep up with receiving.

Inaccurate time projections lead to employees cutting corners. Cerasis, a freight logistics company, suggested businesses use tech tools to analyze their warehouse operations and create efficient, accurate timetables for tasks.

Dynamics NAV Time collection tools allow workers to log the hours it actually takes to perform duties. Managers can observe the time reported and compare it to projections to create future work orders. Instead of rushing to meet a deadline arbitrarily created using guesswork, data reporting informs supervisors how well tasks are performed and if the schedule needs readjusting.

Provide information about materials
Companies sometimes store hazardous materials. If the products themselves aren't dangerous, companies may keep volatile chemicals in their warehouse for manufacturing or coolants for storage. Workers who spend their days around these materials must have information about their handling.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration advised employers to provide their people with material safety data sheets. Some companies keep these sheets in offices while others hand out paper copies to each employee. Warehouse workers need the information on the floor where it will do them the most good.

Mobile solutions share ERP information with personal computing devices. Employees can pull up information about materials from anywhere in the warehouse. If there seems to be a problem with a potentially hazardous product, they can report the issue on their device and the entire company is aware of the issue.

To learn more about how data can improve warehouse operations, download the "Keeping the Physical World and the Virtual World in Sync" whitepaper.