5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Warehouse

With spring here, many businesses will be looking to get their house in order. Whether it be devising methodologies to save costs, enhance efficiency, or tidying up their facility there are many initiatives organizations will be employing to make this spring one that will not be forgotten. Cleaning your warehouse is a step you can take to get your material handling operation back on track. Are you looking for ways on how you can clean your warehouse and see optimal results immediately? There are some steps you can take to do just that. Whether it be reviewing safety measures, re-organizing, cleaning the floors, evaluating inventory, or finding smoother-running operators all of these tasks can produce immediate impacts. Here are five tips for spring cleaning for your warehouse:

1) Clean The Floors– Cleaning the floors or keeping them clean is a great way to get your warehouse in order. This provides several benefits. First, it reduces the likelihood of a slip or fall which creates a likelihood for injuries. Moreover, removing impediments from the production floor can also speed up all business processes. A quick sweep and mop can also eliminate those trouble areas that affect traction where pedestrian and vehicle traffic is heavy.

2) Re-Organizing – Tying in with the first bullet-point, re-organizing is another initiative one can take to properly clean the warehouse. First, re-organizing like cleaning frees up those areas that are blocked by heavy items and goods. This will bolster productivity and efficiency. Furthermore, trouble areas where spills are rampant can be exposed and properly cleaned. A simple shelving system can be a great tool and asset in re-organizing your warehouse to make it safe and clean to work in.

3) Evaluating Inventory – Sometimes certain raw materials become outdated and furthermore they take up space that could be used for more pertinent items. Conducting an internal audit of all inventory and utilizing performance metrics can optimize these goods and products. Evaluating inventory will also reduce overhead if certain items are garnered as archaic or outdated. Take a look at your product catalogue and determine what is needed and what is not. Doing so will provide an accurate lens for operating budgets and corresponding forecasts.

4) Find Smoother-Running Operators– This does not have to be grim news for forklift operators. Finding smoother-running operators is a two-fold operation. To begin, evaluating the performance of current personnel and staff can determine areas of improvement for existing forklift operators. Doing so will prevent the level of incidence with several accidents. Secondly, hiring and recruiting operators who are committed to safe and methodical operations will also help your warehouse meet and exceed quality and safety benchmarks.

5) Review Safety Measures– The most important facet of any material handling or supply chain operation is how safe it is carried out. Do you have a safety plan in place? Reviewing existing protocol and policy is a great method to find ways to clean up your warehouse. Doing so limits vulnerabilities to hazardous materials. This is another vital part of warehouse cleanliness. According to Murray Material Handling, there are many benefits to a clean warehouse such as a better overall working environment. Taking any of these initiatives helps get your business headed in that direction.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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