If you take care of your facility, it shows that you care about your business and that you also take care of your employees
In the last two years, Covid-19 has introduced many new challenges into people’s everyday lives. For those who run warehouses or other storage facilities, keeping them clean and sanitized has been a significant struggle. It’s challenging to support optimal cleanliness in a vast space with many people and shipments going in and out of it. However, a clean and sanitized warehouse should be at the very top of your list of priorities.
Maintaining cleanliness is crucial to ensure your warehouse is operating efficiently. This can also reduce any safety concerns and boost productivity. A clean facility highlights consistent leadership. As an owner, it’s your responsibility to create and enforce specific rules to upkeep your facility’s standard.
Depending on what kind of business you run out of your facility, your warehouse needs both regular cleaning and deep cleaning. To kill most germs, viruses, and bacteria, use appropriate cleaning products with at least 70 percent alcohol content.
Here are some tips that can help you out:
Install Waste Bins Everywhere
A warehouse is typically filled with tons of cardboard boxes, paper scraps, bubble wrappers, etc. These must be discarded timely, or else they can begin to pile up and occupy precious workspace. One of the biggest issues in warehouses is a lack of collective investment in keeping things tidy. However, that starts from the top down, and if management doesn't make a point to ensure garbage cans and recycling bins are cleared out regularly, employees may not feel there's any need to start cleaning up themselves either.
Invest in high-quality waste bins that are big enough to hold daily garbage. Enforce a daily-disposing rule so that by the end of the day, there are no scraps left behind on the floor and the space is clean and ready for work the next day.
Label the Floor
Labeling the floor will help organize the space and make it easier for you and your employees to identify the stock. The labels will make it convenient to collect stock from the designated aisle. You can assign employees to each labeled area for maximum efficiency.
Have Plenty of Cleaning Supplies on Hand
If you have shift workers, make sure they clean their designated space before the next shift starts. Simple things like sweeping, wiping the equipment, disposing of the garbage should be done during every shift. If you allot a specific area for each employee, cleaning can be easier to manage on the whole.
Of course, when you want people to take initiative in cleaning up messes, it's vital to have plenty of supplies on hand to help them do that on an ongoing basis. Workers should always cleaning materials within a short distance of where they are, and be trained on proper use.
In order to keep your space clean and tidy, you’ll need to give your employees the correct equipment to do the task right. You wouldn’t want your employees running around the place in search of equipment during work hours. Make small cleaning cartons for each area and keep these supplies permanently there. The box can include a broom, a mop, a floor finish, Disinfectant, Antimicrobial Spray and a microfiber cloth for dusting and wiping. Keep the bins close as well so that they have all the required material right in front of them.
Turn in inventory
Stock that sits on the shelves for a long time can collect dust and cause problems for the entire warehouse. On top of wasting valuable warehouse space, it is also costlier to deal with the stock and makes warehouse cleaning unnecessarily difficult. Make sure that everything in the store is up-to-date and regularly dusted.
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Keeping the Floors Clean
After taking care of all the high places, focus on the floor. The majority of the injuries in a warehouse comprise slip, trips, and falls. Thus, it is essential to pay special attention to the floor, the areas underneath the racks, and other nook and crannies. First, start by using a large mop to clear the debris and dust. Use a degreaser and clean the toughest stains, such as tire marks from the forklifts.
Cleaning the floor may be an afterthought for many logistics facility managers, but ignore the task long enough and you could be lowering the total cost of ownership of your building. It’s like anything else, if you maintain it, you won’t have to repair it as often.
Cleaning the floors should be done on schedule, routinely… daily, weekly, monthly whatever is required for your specific inventory and function.
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