New legislation, the Warehouse Worker Protection Act, has been introduced into the Senate, aiming to significantly enhance the safety and well-being of workers in the warehousing industry. This sector, known for its higher-than-average rates of injuries and illnesses, will benefit from the proposed measures designed to address the specific risks faced by warehouse employees.


Warehouse workers face numerous hazards daily, from operating heavy machinery like forklifts to managing high-speed conveyor systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the warehousing and storage industry had a nonfatal injury and illness rate of 5.0 per 100 full-time workers in 2016, compared to the all-industry average of 3.2 per 100 workers​ (EHS Daily Advisor)​. In 2022, the industry reported 2.3 million injury cases, with a significant portion involving days away from work, job restrictions, or transfers​ (BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics))​. Additionally, the sector reported higher rates of days away from work, job restrictions, or transfers due to workplace injuries, underscoring the need for improved safety measures​ (EHS Daily Advisor)​.

Key Provisions of the Act

The Warehouse Worker Protection Act focuses on several critical areas:

  1. Enhanced Training Programs: The Act mandates comprehensive safety training programs for all warehouse employees, ensuring they are well-versed in operating machinery safely, identifying potential hazards, and knowing how to respond in emergency situations.
  2. Stricter Safety Protocols: It introduces stricter safety protocols and regular safety audits to ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. These audits will help identify and mitigate risks before they result in injuries.
  3. Improved Reporting Mechanisms: The legislation requires more detailed and transparent reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. This includes mandatory submission of OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses for all warehouses, making data available to both employees and regulators for better oversight and accountability​ (OSHA)​​ (Occupational Health & Safety)​.

Supporting Data

Recent data highlights the urgency of this legislation. In 2022, the warehousing industry saw 5.5 nonfatal injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers, which is significantly higher than the national average for all industries. Moreover, cases involving days away from work, job restrictions, or transfers were reported at a rate of 3.7 per 100 full-time workers, emphasizing the dangerous conditions faced by warehouse employees​ (BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics))​​ (EHS Daily Advisor)​.


The National Association of Safety Professionals supports the Warehouse Worker Protection Act and urges all stakeholders to recognize its potential to create safer, more productive work environments. By fostering safer working environments, businesses can benefit from reduced injury-related costs, lower employee turnover, and improved productivity. Healthy, well-trained workers are more efficient and contribute to a more positive workplace culture, ultimately benefiting the company’s bottom line.

For more detailed statistics and information on workplace safety, please refer to the latest reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA​ (OSHA)​​ (Occupational Health & Safety)​​ (EHS Daily Advisor)​.


About the Author

Eric Gislason

Eric Gislason is the CEO and Executive Director of NASP. He is also one of the principal trainers, specializing in OSHA compliance and development of workplace safety culture. Eric has over 33 years of experience in the EHS field, having trained individuals from across the spectrum on OSHA/EPA compliance including manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, warehousing, healthcare, and retail.
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