8 Proven Money-Saving Warehouse Organization Tips

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An organized warehouse is an efficient one. When your facility is organized and clean, you can easily track and locate all your stored assets. Lack of order can lead to serious problems in your warehouse, so it’s important that your assets are stored in a way that makes sense.

Here are 8 basic tips for efficiently organizing your warehouse:

Toss away trash

Taking care of your trash is a great place to start. Purge all of the garbage just sitting there and gathering dust. Discard empty boxes, leftover cardboard, worthless stacks of files  – anything that doesn’t have value to your organization anymore. Make sure you have garbage receptacles nearby so your trash doesn’t create another pile to clean later. You can even consider selling some items. You’ve now cleared valuable space, which means lower costs for additional storage space down the road.

Arrange assets by category

Chances are, your assets fall under multiple categories, so it’s wiser to sort them by category and not by product. For example, if you are a clothing manufacturer, you can store shirts in one section and pants in another. Making your categories broad and general will make storing more streamlined.

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By storing your assets vertically instead of horizontally, you will save precious floor space and make your warehouse look tidier. Be careful not to create stacks that are dangerously high or just too high to reach. Utilize storage and industrial shelving systems so your items are neatly stacked on one another.

Arrange according to weight

Keep heavy items lower and the lighter ones on top. This will prevent injuries and major product loss, and is particularly helpful if you don’t have a machine picking inventory for you.

Label everything

It’s frustrating to have to go through each item one by one just to find out what’s inside it. When everything is labelled, it makes it easier to keep inventory. It also protects your organization from time-consuming and expensive errors.

Stick photos to boxed items

Attaching photos on boxes also helps you know what’s inside, so there is no need to open them. Nothing looks more cluttered and  messy than half-opened boxes. Items are more prone to being misplaced, displaced or missing in this scenario.Anti-slip warehouse floor marking

Mark your aisles

Signs are a great way to communicate your safety messages and policies to workers and visitors. They also help you locate the aisle you’re looking for more efficiently . Warehouse floor markings are especially helpful in pointing out hazardous areas around your facility and indicating the proper precautions to take.

Clear your aisles

Never leave out any product or equipment in the middle of your aisles. These may pose a major safety threat, and could also begin to pile up and seriously affect your overall organization scheme. Assigning someone to keep aisles clear is a proactive solution to this concern.

As you can see, creating an efficient warehouse doesn’t need to be big deal. Sure, it may seem a huge task, especially if you have a big facility, but these steps don’t take up a whole lot of time and effort. You just need to plan properly and utilize all available warehouse supplies and tools to help you achieve your goal – an organized and efficient warehouse. When you achieve this, the improvement in your bottom line will surely follow soon.

Tips to Lower Accident Rates in Warehouses

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Working in a warehouse can be a dangerous proposition. The complexity of running the facility in an efficient and speedy manner combined with heavy equipment makes it hard to track everything, and the moment someone loses their focus or concentration, bad things can happen.

Safety officers for warehouses have a difficult job since they have to worry about everything, from unsafe forklift usage, improper product stacking, failure to use proper PPE and lockout/tagout procedures, and even repetitive stress injuries.

With all that, it should come as no surprise that according to OSHA, the fatal injury rate of the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all industries. The fact is, we have the ability to lower the accident rates in our warehouses today.

While we don’t have time to handle all of the issues that one will face in securing a warehouse, we will touch on some of the bigger issues such as forklifts, material storage and ergonomics. Some of these are the biggest causes of accidents, injuries and deaths in any facility.

So let’s check out some of these tips and tricks to lower accident rates in your warehouse:

Forklift Safety:

  • Forklifts should meet the design and construction requirements in the American National Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks (ANSI B56.1-1969).
  • Nameplates and markings should be in place and maintained in legible condition.
  • Forklifts for hazardous location use should be appropriately marked and approved for such use.
  • Forklifts need to be properly positioned and brakes applied during maintenance checks and repairs
  • Forklift operators should have completed training and an evaluation conducted and certified by persons with the knowledge, training and experience to train operators and evaluate their performance.
  • The training program content should include all truck-related topics, workplace related topics and the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178 for safe truck operation.
  • Refresher training and evaluation should be conducted whenever an operator has been observed operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner or has been involved in an accident or a near-miss incident.
  • Each operator’s performance should be evaluated at least once every three years.
  • Operators must observe all traffic regulations, including authorized plant speed limits.
  • All loads should be stable, safely arranged and fit within the rated capacity of the truck.
  • Trucks are regularly checked for safety before being placed into service.

Materials Storage

  • All loads must be stacked evenly and straight.
  • Heavier loads should be placed on lower or middle shelves.
  • Aisles and passageways must be maintained and in good repair and all obstructions removed.

 Ergonomics

  • Use powered equipment instead of requiring a manual lift for heavy materials.
  • Reposition the shelf or bin to lower the lifting height required by workers.
  • Ensure overhead lighting is sufficient for workers.
  • Keep floors clean and free of slip and trip hazards.

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Difference Between Sealants and Tapes

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Maintenance work is an integral part of production. Keeping your facility’s equipment, tools and machines in tip-top condition is the key to a productive workplace. To keep your equipment in perfect working condition, you need to have the finest maintenance tools to help you. The two most commonly used tools for warehouse maintenance work are sealants and tapes; however, some people often have the misconception that the two are one and the same. The truth is sealants and tapes were developed for totally different applications.

Even though these warehouse supplies have adhesive properties, the manner on how they should be used greatly varies. First thing you need to know is – what are the main differences between the two and how are they applied during warehouse maintenance work.

  • Tapes uniformly holds two surfaces together, such as broken pieces of furniture, while sealants fill in gaps or seals cracks or leaks present in pipes and other office equipment.
  • In terms of tensile strength, tapes are considerably stronger than sealants, but the latter has greater flexibility.
  • Tapes provide greater structural stability.
  • Sealants are designed to cut off any incoming or outgoing substrate.
  • Tapes are designed for general purpose maintenance and repair work whereas sealants are limited to specific applications.

Here’s an easier way of looking at it. Imagine a leak on your roof, now which warehouse supply do you think is best suited for the job? The ideal choice of course is the sealant because they are formulated to fill gaps and make most surfaces waterproof. Just think of what would happen if you used adhesive tape to seal that leak, chances are that leak is still going to be there. However, that’s where you’re going to see the limitations of sealants. They’re only used for waterproofing and sealing applications.

Tapes on the other hand have a broader spectrum of applications. In fact, tapes are so versatile that they can be used for more than just warehouse maintenance. Adhesive tapes can also be used:

  • As a mounting agent for signs and nameplates.
  • To colour code different areas in your facility.
  • For packing applications.

There are several types of sealants and tapes available for various maintenance applications, they include:

  • Liquid sealants – ideal for waterproofing roofs, floors and walls.
  • Cartridge sealants – used for filling in gaps found on walls, ceilings, skirting boards, kitchen worktops, baths, shower trays and more.
  • Masking tapes – used primarily in painting applications to cover or “mask” certain areas that do not need painting.
  • Packaging tapes – used for sealing boxes.
  • Duct tape – perfect for various construction and repair work because of its strong, flexible and highly sticky properties.

So before you start any maintenance work in your facility, you should determine the type of work that needs to be done and remember the differences between sealants and tapes. This will help you decide what materials you will need for the task at hand.

 

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