Checklist: General safety measures
By Connie Lannan

Checklist: General safety measures

The following are general safety measures and precautions that can help reduce injury risk inside an equipment and event rental business:

  • Providing ramps, elevators, wide doorways, wheelchair-accessible bathroom facilities, handicapped parking spaces and other Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-required equipment/measures, if applicable.
  • Providing handrails along stairways and ramps.
  • Securing or separating potentially dangerous areas.
  • Isolating hazardous materials or chemicals from customers.
  • Properly using and storing hazardous materials or chemicals.
  • Posting signs to mark employee-only, eye protection and other safety-related areas.
  • Keeping combustible materials away from heat sources.
  • Assisting with loading and unloading of equipment to ensure customer safety.
  • Providing hoists or lifts for the loading and unloading of small equipment.
  • Providing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-approved slings for the loading and unloading of equipment.
  • Displaying posters indicating proper lifting techniques and/or other safety procedures.
  • Supplying and posting important contact information to be used in case of emergency.
  • Look around your facility and make sure that items are not stacked too high in overhead storage, which is a common unsafe practice at rental stores.
  • Aisles also should not be too narrow or have exposed sharp objects.
  • Make sure that areas are not cluttered to the point of being fire hazards.
Connie Lannan

Connie LannanConnie Lannan

Connie Lannan is special projects editor for Rental Management. She helps plan, coordinate, write and edit ARA’s quarterly regional newsletters, In Your Region. She also researches, writes and edits news and feature articles for Rental Management, Rental Pulse, supplements, special reports and other special projects. Outside of work, she loves to bake for others, go for walks with her husband and volunteer for her church and causes she believes in.

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