Warehouse Safety Audits

Warehouse Safety Audits

Ensuring your Auckland warehouse meets safety standards can seem like a big task. HSCA highlights the need for regular safety audits to keep up with these standards. This blog will guide you through why and how to conduct these essential checks, making it simpler for you to maintain a safe work environment.

Let’s keep everyone safe.

Why You Need Regular Safety Audits

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Regular safety audits are essential for maintaining a safe and compliant warehouse environment. They help in identifying hazards, ensuring compliance with health and safety laws, and mitigating risks related to storage, warehousing, and inventory management.

Compliance with New Zealand Standards

Keeping your warehouse in line with New Zealand standards is crucial for workplace safety. This includes following the health and safety laws that apply to storing goods, managing inventory, and ensuring everything from pallet racking systems to maintenance practices meets specific requirements.

A safety auditor will check if your pallet racks comply with NZ Standards during an inspection. Meeting these standards helps avoid legal issues and ensures a safer environment for workers.

Following New Zealand’s health and safety legislation also involves identifying risks in the workplace. After compliance checks, focusing on spotting hazards and inspecting equipment becomes easier.

This not only enhances occupational health but also plays a significant role in insurance mitigation, showing insurers that you take every step to maintain a safe storage facility.

Moving forward, let’s delve into how identifying hazards and equipment inspection contribute to overall warehouse safety.

Identification of Hazards and Equipment Inspection

Identifying dangers in the workplace is crucial for keeping everyone safe. This step involves looking carefully at all areas of a warehouse to find anything that might cause harm. Workers check for spills, broken equipment, and any other issues that could lead to accidents.

They also make sure everything in the workplace meets health & safety standards set by the HSWA 2015.

Equipment checks are another key part of maintaining a safe warehouse. Inspectors look at pallet racks and other storage solutions to ensure they are strong enough to hold the items without risk of collapsing.

Does your workplace comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015? 

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The Process of Conducting a Warehouse Safety Audit

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Conducting a warehouse safety audit is essential to ensure your workspace meets New Zealand standards. The process involves several key steps, starting from planning to the final review.

  1. Schedule the audit: Choose a suitable date and time that minimises disruption to warehouse operations. Inform all relevant staff and managers about the upcoming audit.
  2. Review previous audits: Examine past audit reports to understand what issues were found previously and check if those have been addressed.
  3. Examine warehouse layout and condition: Inspect the overall structure of the warehouse, including aisles, exits, material storage, and handling areas, to ensure they are safe and comply with regulations.
  4. Check equipment: Look at all machinery and tools used in the warehouse, such as forklifts and pallet jacks, to make sure they are in good working condition.
  5. Scrutinise storage racks: Follow NZ Standards for pallet racking inspection. Identify any damage or wear and tear that could pose a risk.
  6. Spot hazards: Identify potential risks in the workplace environment that could lead to accidents or health issues. This includes checking for proper signage, fire safety measures, and chemical storage practices.
  7. Verify worker training records: Ensure all employees have received up-to-date training on safety practices relevant to their roles within the warehouse.
  8. Document findings: Record all observations made during the audit, including both compliance with standards and areas needing improvement.
  9. Perform onsite repairs: Address any deficiencies or issues found during the audit immediately if possible, as per necessity during your inspection.
  10. Prepare an audit report: Summarise findings from the safety audit in a report that outlines observed risks, areas of non-compliance with legislation or standards, recommended improvements, and positive aspects noted during the audit.
  11. Share results with management: Present your findings to warehouse managers and stakeholders, discussing how to address any identified problems effectively.
  12. Plan follow-up actions: Develop a timeline for when corrective actions should be completed and schedule another audit if necessary based on this review’s outcomes.

This structured approach helps warehouses in maintain a safe environment for workers while ensuring compliance with New Zealand’s evolving safety laws.


Role of Third-Party Verification in Safety Audits

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Third-party verification plays a crucial role in ensuring warehouse safety audits are thorough and unbiased. These external auditors bring an extra layer of oversight beyond the internal review team.

They use their expertise to examine every corner of the warehouse, assessing hazards and inspecting equipment to make sure everything meets New Zealand standards. External evaluators often spot issues that might go unnoticed by those who see the space daily.

The process involves site inspection, identifying defects, documenting significant issues with photos, explaining needed repairs, and providing quotes for fixing problems. This method ensures any deficiencies get addressed promptly, often allowing onsite repairs during the audit itself.

Employing a third party for auditing brings a fresh perspective that can significantly enhance workplace safety. 

An external auditor is like a new set of eyes that sees past everyday distractions. 

Check out our Workplace Safety Audit service for more info.

Moving forward into how we ensure continued compliance and safety…

Conclusion: Ensuring a Safe and Compliant Warehouse Environment

With Health & Safety Consultants Auckland’s (HSCA’s) detailed safety checks, you know exactly what to fix right away. These checks cover everything from hazard spotting to equipment reviews, all following New Zealand’s strict rules.

After each yearly check-up, you get advice on how to make things safer, plus quick fixes for any issues found. This whole effort keeps workers safe and businesses running smoothly without legal troubles.


1. What is a warehouse safety audit?

A warehouse safety audit  checks how safe a warehouse is by looking at things like potential hazards to make sure everyone working there stays safe.

2. Who performs the safety audits in warehouses?

Trained professionals check everything during a safety audit to ensure the workplace meets all health and safety rules.

3. How often should we have a warehouse safety audit?

It’s good practice to have regular audits, at least once a year, but more often if your inbox gets reports of safety issues or after any major changes in the warehouse.

4. What happens if problems are found during an audit?

If the auditor finds any problems, they’ll tell you what needs fixing to make sure your warehouse is as safe as possible for everyone working there.

Does your workplace comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015? 

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