It's no secret that OSHA visits always get everyone whispering about what could go or has gone wrong. Fines are a real threat to a business that cares about both reputation and bottom line. But if the day-to-day operations of your facility are in order, and you know your standards, visits don't need to be the stress factor they so often are. How can you begin eliminating OSHA fines before your next visit?
Renovations are almost always coupled with downtime. It's hard to avoid. But true efficiency means you can make improvements without dragging down the business. You can build downtime avoidance into your plan, if you focus on warehouse space planning. Here's how to start limiting downtime right from the pre-planning phase.
When your manufacturing and distribution centers are a buzz of activity, forklift accidents can become a real safety concern. Here are some proactive measures can you take to keep your warehouse employees and infrastructure safe, even during the busy seasons.
Topics: forklift safety tips
If cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s safe to say your warehouse is not the holiest of places. The general upkeep of your warehouse is often the first thing a visitor will notice, but it can be hard to convince your employees of the importance of keeping things clean. Taking the time to show your employees the value of warehouse cleanliness will go a long way toward keeping your facility running smoothly. You can get started right away.
Running a warehouse is tough work. Not only do you need to keep up with the daily production, picking, packing and shipping requirements for your company, but you also have to develop a way for everyone to work well together and respect one another as they move through their days. And all of it has to be done with respect for the product, too, so you don't incur any damages or lost time.
Topics: Warehouse Tips
Protecting employee safety is one of the most important and stressful parts of the job. It's on everyone's priority list, so the forklift operator should value it just as much as you do. But you're the only person in the chain who has to think about constructing a better way from the start — the only person who needs to look at safety on a facility level, often before a warehouse is even completed.
You already know that if you don't jump on repair issues, you'll hear about it pretty quickly. The short timelines and high potential costs make prioritizing maintenance requests a logistical nightmare. So what can you do to ensure the most important requests come first and that your organization doesn't lose time or money due to poor prioritization? If you don't have them already, start by creating defined priority levels for requests.
Topics: Facility Maintenance