Good Housekeeping in Warehouse

Good housekeeping in a warehouse is designed for safety as well as efficiency. Good housekeeping allows the warehouse to function much more effectively and productively. It also helps to identify and remove hazards that can lead to slips, trips, falls, fires and a variety of other accidents.

Closely tied to both good housekeeping and safe materials handling is the way materials are stacked and placed. Storage of material should not create a hazard. Containers and materials are properly stacked so that they are stable and secure against sliding or collapse. Signs should warn of clearance limits. In addition, storage areas should be free from accumulation of materials that constitute hazards from tripping, fire, explosion or pest harborage.

Safety also demands awareness of rules that apply to materials stored. In all cases, check labels and material safety data sheets very carefully before handling or storing. That is the only way to know about handling precautions as well as whether the storage area has to be fireproof, ventilated, etc. In addition, substances should be kept away from ignition sources, other chemicals, even water or air to prevent accidents.

Good warehouse housekeeping begins with a simple rule: Keep it neat and make sure everything is in its place. For example:

  • Maintenance activities on the site (warehouse / yard) should be clearly indicated and protected with barriers
  • Do not leave items in aisles, on the floor or perched insecurely on a surface.
  • Clean up all spills immediately.
  • Do not block sprinklers, fire exits or fire extinguishers.
  • Put items in their assigned places immediately, rather than moving them from one stopping point to another.
  • Do not leave cutters or other sharp tools or materials sticking out.
  • Keep cords and wires off the floor.
  • Report loose flooring or other tripping hazards.
  • Dispose of all trash immediately in proper containers.
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