When the temperatures drop, a lot can change in the workplace. Not only are employees more likely to take sick, but even your equipment can function differently. Check out these winter preparedness tips for warehouse managers.
Keep Sickness at Bay
Winter is usually a busy season for most businesses, so it is a bad time to have a bunch of employees out on sick leave. To keep your workforce healthy, post signage encouraging everyone to wash their hands more frequently. It is also a good idea to talk to your cleaning staff about wiping down high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and faucets throughout the day.
Use Anti-Slip Mats
During the winter, your employees and delivery workers may track snow and ice in your warehouse. This can create a dangerous slipping hazard. Place anti-slip mats near all entrances and exits so people can dry off their shoes before entering. You can even double up the mats for increased effectiveness by placing shoe scraper mats on the exterior and water-soaking mats on the inside.
Prepare Your Equipment
Cold temperatures affect conveyor belts and other warehouse equipment in many ways. Rubber can stiffen, making it more brittle and prone to snapping. Cold metal may need oiling more often to work properly. If you have outdoor equipment, it is a good idea to cover it overnight to prevent ice from accumulating. Take the proper steps to protect your equipment in the winter.
Do Not Turn Down the Heat
Running the heater all winter long does cost a bit of money, depending on the size of your facility. This makes it tempting to turn off the heat whenever you and your employees leave for the day, but you should actually keep it running.
Feel free to lower the heat while the building is unoccupied, but shutting off the heat completely will just make it work that much harder the following morning. Keeping the heat on will also keep the building above freezing so the pipes do not burst and damage your equipment.
Keep Paths and Driveways Clear
Now is the time to stock up on some bags of salt for the winter. Whenever there is a freeze or a buildup of snow, you are going to need clear your delivery docks. The last thing anyone needs first thing in the morning is a truck sliding around in the loading bay, putting drivers and loaders at risk. You also do not want anyone slipping while walking into the building.
We hope these winter preparedness tips for warehouse managers help you reduce the number of accidents in the workplace and keep your warehouse running smoothly. While some circumstances are unavoidable, the right preparation can make things much easier during this busy season.