Why Good Warehousekeeping Matters

Is warehouse cleanliness and organization part of your strategic plan? Establishing standards for order and cleanliness in a warehouse play an important role in the profitability of a business. Good warehousekeeping sets a positive frame of mind for workers, which has been proven to impact productivity and efficiency. A clean and organized warehouse also enhances worker safety and reduces maintenance costs. And let’s not forget reputation – messy and disorganized warehouses are just bad for business. Here are some warehousekeeping tips that will make for happier workers, improve safety, and help build a positive image. Control Dust Not only can dust affect indoor air quality and pose a hazard to workers, it can be hard on equipment, leading to more expensive maintenance and affecting the equipment’s length of life. Clear Clutter Cluttered aisles will inevitably lead to boxes on the wrong shelves and in the wrong aisles. Clutter can lead to ergonomics issues and possible injuries because workers have less space to move. There should never be anything stored in passageways because that creates a significant trip hazard. Prevent Falling Objects Keep layout in mind so that people are not exposed to falling hazards in areas where they walk. Store the high density, heavy loads on the ground level, and use safety nets or wire mesh panels where necessary. Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls Falls are the second most common cause of nonfatal occupational injuries. Its important to identify potential causes for slips, trips, and falls. Some common hazards include: wet or greasy surfaces, loose flooring, clutter on floors. sloped surfaces, poor lighting, cords and cables, and weather hazards such as rain, snow, and ice. Have a system for reporting spills and getting them quickly cleaned up. Install nonslip safety mats where needed, and eliminate any tripping hazards. Install handrails on stairs and keep aisles clear of debris. Make sure employees are wearing shoes with soles appropriate for the environment. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance Create a plan for regular and routine cleaning and maintenance. Keep in mind that separate cleaning protocols may be needed for different areas to prevent cross-contamination. Identify potential hazards and devise a plan to eliminate them. Train Employees Once you have a warehousekeeping plan, have mandatory training for all employees so that they have a clear picture of the housekeeping plan and goals. Use Storage Equipment Stacking and storing product on the floor is never an efficient use of space. Get organized and take advantage of vertical space by installing shelving and/or pallet racking for more efficient storage and retrieval of items. Get organized! Next Level can help you with all your storage needs from industrial shelving to high density as well as selective pallet rack systems. Connect with us here or call 800-230-8846 to speak with a warehousing expert now. 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