How to keep your warehouse clean and safe
How to keep your warehouse clean and safe

How to Keep Your Warehouse Clean

1. Keep an updated cleaning schedule

One of the most important aspects of maintaining a warehouse is keeping it clean on a daily basis. This storage is a wide open space so it easily becomes dirty again. Be sure to set a schedule for cleaners or your workers to clean the warehouse, maintaining a standard which reflects on your company’s values, keeps stock clean and ensures your staff are working safely in an environment they feel comfortable in.
The best way to ensure this quality is maintained is with checklists and keeping your warehouse in-stock with the correct cleaning equipment. Areas such as shelves should be dusted at least once a month to avoid packages becoming marked or damaged.
Keep your warehouse clean

2. Clear your bins regularly

Bins should never get to the point of overflowing. If that happens your staff and visitors to the warehouse might not dump litter where they should which can cause additional hazards for yourself and your workers. 

warehouse bins

3. Clean-as-you-go

It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your facilities during scheduled cleans if machinery is always causing a mess every other time. It is highly recommended that your staff clean litter such as metal shavings as they work maintaining the standard set by your firm and keeping the area hazard free. If you plan an operation which results in stock being left on the floor or around the warehouse make sure it is tidied up before becoming hazardous and causing an incident.

Warehouse Safety

4. Give employees areas to keep clean

The best way to ensure specific spaces are kept clean is to assign them to individuals on-site. A picker can handle some space on a conveyor belt or shelves. This means that workers cannot leave a mess for whoever is on shift after them that would require further cleaning. Doing this daily maintains the workload, making every shift more efficient. These responsibilities can be as easy as: sweeping the floor, clearing debris, giving equipment a shine up, sorting materials and addressing incidents such as coffee cups left at stations, which is easy to resolve.

Sweeping up warehouse

5. Have cleaning supplies at the ready for all staff

You can’t ask staff to keep facilities clean without giving them the correct equipment as they go on shift. Making them search the warehouse for cleaning equipment will put them off cleaning the warehouse in general. Walking a long distance to a bin is also a waste of their own time as well as yours. If they’ll be managing litter or wiping down machinery, be sure they have the right material for cleaning.
Cleaning your warehouse

6. Turn inventory as often as you can

On top of being costly and wasting warehouse space, stock that is out of date sits gathering dust causing complications for the whole warehouse. Always be sure to check your stock is accurately kept up to date so no dust is gathered by stock that’s been there for a large amount of time. You can rent out available warehouse space on the Warehouse Exchange

Warehouse inventory

7. Floor Labelling

Floor labelling is designed to keep sectors organised as well as making stock easy to identify. Keeping a record of which isle stock is stored on makes accessing it much easier and much less time-consuming to collect. This will also make assigning individual members of staff areas to clean much easier as it will be labelled for them.

Labeling warehouse floors

8. Barriers

There are a range of barriers you can get for your warehouse to ensure complete safety of your staff members and keep restricted access to vehicles such as forklifts. This not only keeps your warehouse cleaner, but also ensures organisation.
Different types of barriers include: Bollard Systems, Crash Barrier Systems, Pedestrian Barriers, Racking Barriers and Column Guards.

Warehouse barriers


9. Store in-demand stock near shipping

Products more in-demand and moved around more often should be kept closer to shipping, this will allow for more efficient movement of goods across the warehouse as well as saving time. Stock in high demand is easier to handle on a regular basis if it is closer and more accessible. Transporting it across less space also means avoiding some potential hazards that could occur when transporting stock from one end of your warehouse to the other. In demand priducts can include food products which may require ambient or cold storage warehousing.

Forklift warehousing

10. Recycling

Whether you are a major chain or a small family run firm, recycling is a vital part of the industry doing what it can to help the environment. Recycling bins should be available at every facility meaning employees won’t be filling dumps every time they throw away their lunch. It also ensures supplies are re-used rather than replaced, giving back to the environment which is becoming an increasingly significant aspect of how to judge a business’ quality in management and handling of a facility such as a warehouse.



11. Review and re-evaluate company structure

Evaluation of your business such as employees, management and structure should be assessed at least twice a year. Ensuring maximum effort from your employees, that management can keep up with demands that could be required of your firm and that your internal company structure is a system that works to benefit everyone involved. Health and Safety is a vital section of evaluating your company, incidents that may have occurred should be covered as well as discussing compensation for staff who could need it and how to avoid incidents of the same calibre for future reference.

Warehouse exchange


12. Provide staff with the correct safety equipment

Whether it’s a high-vis vest, a flashlight for those who check machinery or a safety helmet when around construction, your top concern should be your employee’s safety. Keep equipment in-check as it is the only protection your employees have when on-site. Assign workers duties to check that equipment is functioning as it should be.

safety first


13. Stay ahead of spills

Spillage is one of the biggest causes of injuries in the warehouse environment, it’s vital to stay on top of any spillage. Keep the facility monitored, so if spillage does occur you can have caution notices put up with immediate effect and cleaning operations can begin before an incident can occur.

warehouse spillage


14. Maintain an optimistic work environment

Employees are more motivated if they feel positive about the environment they are working in. This means with a more optimistic approach to their job their efforts at work may improve without them even noticing. 

happy worker

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