Warehouse cleaning, sanitizing, and safety tips

Did you know? The demand for household goods purchased online and shipped from warehouses has tripled since the world health crisis began, a trend that probably won’t be ending any time soon. Going forward, now more than ever, cleanliness is critical for warehouse operations to maintain efficiency, employee safety, and product safety.

ONLINE SALES INCREASE BETWEEN 2019 – 2020
  • Consumers spent $861.12 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2020.
  • Online sales increased 44.0% in 2020.
  • eCommerce increased 15.1% in 2019.

An organized warehouse accurately maintains inventory for shipping and delivery. Regular warehouse sanitization and cleaning can help create a safe, productive, and protected environment for warehouse employees to keep up with the demanding pace of online buying.

WAREHOUSE FACILITY MAINTENANCE SAFETY TIPS

Warehouse facility maintenance includes assigning staff roles for ongoing cleaning, sanitizing, and safety. Developing and maintaining a comprehensive checklist is a team effort. Warehouse sanitization and cleaning and safety tips include:

  • Keep It Clean: Clean up or dispose of any spilled or opened products that can cause immediate harm to employees, damage equipment, contaminate products, or attract pests.
  • Keep it Sanitary: Inspect incoming shipments for damage and hitchhiking pests; perform detailed inspection of shipments before they are allowed into the facility.
  • First in, First Out: Implement stock rotation to ship older products first.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Change cleaning tools monthly (brooms, shovels, dustpans, trashcans, etc.).
  • Safety First: Warehouse sanitization starts with the most heavily-trafficked areas of any warehouse – particularly the floor as well as high-touch equipment and materials used for loading, unloading, stocking, and transport. Everything should be thoroughly cleaned of dirt, dust, debris, and then sanitized. For safety, floor sanitizing is generally scheduled before and after warehouse operation hours to avoid employee injuries. Common areas should be sanitized hourly or before/after shift changes.
  • Personal Protection: To maintain personal safety, providing staff and visitors with easy access to disposable sanitizing wipes for hands and surfaces as well as hand sanitizers is recommended.

CLEANING SPECIAL AREAS

In a warehouse, germs, bacteria, dust, and other contaminants can accumulate on boxes and shelves, in open areas and overhead structures, conveyor belt equipment, and hard-to-reach ventilation systems.

  • Specialty Equipment: An industrial vacuum cleaner is more effective at capturing dust than manual dusting. Regularly vacuuming racks removes dust in crevices and hard-to-reach places. High-powered pressure washers and industrial flooring machines are recommended for warehouse deep cleaning. Clean and sanitize immediately after changing air filters (while wearing protective gear of course).
  • Look Up: With an electrostatic sprayer, hard-to-reach places and surfaces – including walls, ceilings and fans, stairs, handrails, and furniture are quickly and easily sanitized in minutes with long-lasting 360-degree accuracy.
  • Look Down: Sweeping and sanitizing the warehouse floor daily, before and after warehouse operations, can prevent injuries. Be sure to post signs to alert personnel.
  • Look All Around: High-traffic spaces include offices, loading docks, and break rooms. Routinely clean and disinfect all commonly-used surfaces including workstations, countertops, doorknobs, light switches, climate controls, computer mouse, keyboard, monitors, filing cabinets, phones, inventory scanners, sinks, cabinets, desks, tables, and chairs.

LONG-LASTING, POWERFUL GERM-FIGHTING PROTECTION FOR WAREHOUSES

Creating a clean “green” warehouse is simple with GlanHealth’s advanced sanitizing science that combines powerful cleaning and long-term protection from harmful germs. GlanHealth™ provides non-toxic sanitizing protection for up to 4 hours on hands and skin and up to 28 days of ongoing protection on virtually all surfaces, including fabrics, upholstery, and electronics. Recommended GlanHealth™ products are available in bulk quantities for regular and deep cleaning as well as sanitizing of warehouses.

GlanHealth™ provides quality and quantity in products that are:

  • USA-made and manufactured.
  • Produced in an FDA-registered facility.
  • All-natural, alcohol and bleach-free.
  • Non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-corrosive,
  • Long-lasting and offer powerful protection.
  • Scientifically-proven formulations.

For more information on GlanHealth’s full line of eco-friendly, advanced cleaning and sanitizing products for warehouse facility maintenance, visit www.glanhealth.com.

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