Warehouse Safety and Cleanliness: How to Keep Your Warehouse Clean and Safe

With the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts made significant emphasis on cleanliness as part of achieving healthcare and general safety. 

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the conversation on how cleanliness is important for achieving healthcare and general safety to the forefront. Everyone became aware about the significant difference washing hands with soap for 20 seconds could make. 

Outside of preventing diseases, cleanliness is essential for quality human living. According to Deepak Chopra, “sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery”.

The importance of cleanliness and sanitation applies to warehouses just like every other space. This is especially true because products stored in warehouses get delivered to different destinations all over the world.

Operation Total Sanitation!

Operation total sanitation is the way to go to keep warehouse operations in top condition. 

Let’s get into the details of maintaining the highest level of warehouse cleanliness.

Training 

Training the workforce is the way to go. Inform employees about the importance of cleanliness and the different methods of achieving total cleanliness. 

Also, educate the team on how to identify issues and to whom to report the issues. It is also important to establish training measures. 

Create incentives to reward employees when they meet sanitation goals too. 

Inspection 

Regular inspection is important for maintaining sanitation. When sections, tools, and processes are inspected often, sanitation issues can be quickly noted and fixed.

Here are some of the tips for achieving proper checkups to ensure proper sanitation. 

  • Examine damaged products and quarantine those with signs of pest activity
  • Ensure that older products are used before the newer ones
  • Replace cleaning equipment and tools such as brooms regularly
  • Inspect products as they go in and come out of the warehouse

Maintenance    

The maintenance of sanitation requires putting established methods and measures into action such as cleaning patterns to maintain the highest level of sanitation. 

These are some measures for maintaining high-level sanitation:

  • Establish monthly pest control methods
  • Clean entrance and dumpster areas every day
  • Keep the area surrounding the warehouse free of tall grass and weed
  • Tidy up spills or opened materials and items that can cause harm to employees
  • Disinfect daily before and after warehouse operations 
  • Install proper waste and sewage disposal systems in the warehouse
  • Identify and clean spillages to reduce hazards

We should mention that proper warehouse sanitation involves having all hands on deck. Get every member of the team involved and assign duties and responsibilities to achieve and maintain warehouse sanitation.