Friday, 29 July 2016

WAREHOUSE CLEAN-UP TIPS

We all know warehouses can get a bit messy during everyday tasks especially during shipping and receiving. That doesn't mean it can't get back to being spick & span! Keeping your warehouse clutter-free will increase day-to-day functionality and increase safety by reducing tripping hazards and improve the well-being of your staff.
Who doesn't like a clean work space, right?

Make your warehouse a better place by regularly doing the following:

 Educate staff on spill clean-up
Our top tip is to ensure your workers are trained in cleaning hazardous material spills. Aside from cleaning them properly, floors are to be kept free of clutter and all containers to be closed securely after use.

 Dirt & dust sweep 
Whether you keep your doors closed or have screen doors to reduce dust, you'll always have a bit of dirt lying around your warehouse floors. Always keep mops and push brooms accessible wherever necessary. Whether from someone's shoes or some old boxes, a little sweeping never hurt anyone!

 Keep your equipment clean 
Inspect equipment like Forklifts that are often used as a cup holder for coffee and water bottles. Ensure your workers keep equipment free of clutter and place them off to the side when not in use.

 Empty garbage bins regularly 
How many times have you seen garbage bins overflowing on city streets? Not only is this a safety hazard, but an eyesore as well. Make a habit of emptying the garbage before it's full. Also depending on your facility, try keeping recycling bins readily accessible to cut back on regular garbage waste.

 Assign clean-up zones 
Especially for large warehouses, it's ideal to set aside zones for employees to keep clean. Ensure areas are cleaned during slow days or before the end of shift so the warehouse is tidy for the next workday. Whether this includes emptying the garbage, sweeping or washing the floors, clean-up is easier when everyone contributes!


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 Keep regular tools accessible 
A pegboard/wall organizer is an ideal way to keep your tools out where everyone can see them. This will keep things from going missing and cut back on wasted time looking for that one tool. 



We'd love to hear from you! Let us know what clean-up tasks you have at your workplace.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

LOADING DOCK SAFETY

Safety always comes first! 
It's important to realize that accidents happen no matter what type of facility you're in or the type of equipment you use. However, we're here to help ensure that risk is minimized.

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Loading Dock Hazards
Facility equipment in poor working order can pose a safety risk and must be fixed before it becomes a larger issue. Recognize the following:
-uneven surfaces
-inadequate lighting
-lack of safe working procedures
-congestion and traffic
-hazards associated with lifting devices, trucks, rolling conveyors, doors and other moving equipment and parts.


Along with regular inspections by warehouse staff, it's important to have a professional Planned Maintenance Service completed to comply with insurance regulations and ensure utmost safety.

Controlling Hazards
Each dock installation must be carefully designed to avoid hazards whenever possible. 
-allow safe entry and exit of vehicles.
-safe routes must be marked around loading dock areas for pedestrian traffic.
-do not exceed the weight of materials being used on dock levelers.
-place dumpsters in a controlled area away from loading dock area to minimize the risk of trucks backing into the containers.

Replace or Repair Worn Equipment
Loading Dock features including dock seals or shelters must be monitored in case of any damage. If these become torn or directly impacted, water or debris can enter, posing a safety concern for those working in the surrounding areas. Even in the winter months, you'll want your loading dock area to be as insulated as possible so your employees don't have to suffer from the cold draft during shipments. By replacing or repairing your worn equipment, you'll actually save money! Who would have thought that was possible?  Air infiltration is the main cause of this; the air from outside of a building quickly makes its way inside. This means your heating/cooling is constantly competing with the outer temperatures each time the loading dock doors open.

Positioning & Securing Vehicles
Wheel Chocks are highly recommended to anchor and prevent the trailer from moving, potentially injuring workers (available in our online shop). A jack should also be used to stabilize the trailer and help prevent teeter-totter during loading/unloading.

Loading and Unloading Procedures
-reduce dock area congestion by clearing all unnecessary equipment/products
-unauthorized persons/pedestrians should not be permitted at loading dock area.
-ensure no one is in the trailer during loading/unloading as loads can shift resulting in the possibility of pinning a worker.
-provide physical barriers at dock edges and on lifting devices to prevent falls.
-proper lifting techniques should be used when lifting to prevent injury.
-reduce vehicle exhaust by limiting idling times when loading/unloading the truck.



Planned Maintenance Services on Equipment & Loading Dock Area
Along with proper, scheduled services, it's important to immediately repair any damage to flooring or equipment. Spills and leaks must also be cleaned in order to prevent injury or damage to workers and equipment. Dock seals and shelters must also be kept in good working condition. In doing so, you will prevent leaks, minimize worker exposure to vehicle exhaust and temperature extremes and most importantly, minimize the deterioration of the building due to weather.

Be sure to review our simplified overview on LinkedIn, available for download!