Inspections are important when handling drums

Are you taking the time to inspect each drum?

Are you taking the time to inspect each drum?

Handling drums, when not done properly, can put employees at risk of strain or further injury. It’s important that managers take the time to speak directly with all of their employees who might come into contact with drums containing different materials while on the job.

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, before an employee does anything, he or she should read the labels to learn what the drum contains. The news provider suggests that if there is no label visible, workers should just consider the material hazardous until they are able to prove otherwise. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Additionally, workers should inspect the drums and their surroundings to make sure there is no leaking of any materials. If so, the mess should be taken care of immediately and the drum should be replaced.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that when inspecting contents, employees should open the drum and develop a plan for how to test the contents. From there, the source reports that testing each sample and seeing what drums can be grouped together for shipment can make the material handling process more streamlined. If contents are able to be shipped together, it can save on the amount of trips needed to transport the goods.

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Drums should be safely handled to reduce damage, worker injury risk

The right equipment can help reduce worker strain.

The right equipment can help reduce worker strain.

Handling drums can be a difficult task for material handling workers, and managers need to make sure they’re properly training any employee who comes into contact with these kinds of storage solutions. Drums can sometimes hold harmful materials, so making sure they’re handled properly and free from any damage should be a top priority.

First, workers need to make sure they know how to properly move drums. According to Middle Georgia State University, using trucks, dollies, lifts and other material handling equipment can help reduce the strain on the body when lifting a drum. Depending on the contents and size of the drum, workers can be putting themselves in danger of injury. By using tools to reduce the amount of manual labor needed for transport, workers can cut down on their risk of injury.

Additionally, how drums are stored is important for reducing the risk of damage. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, employees should make sure that drums are stacked symmetrically and are firmly planted on a surface to keep them from moving. If they need to be stored on the side for a specific reason, the news provider reports using something to block them from potentially rolling at any point during storage. The drums should be securely in place.

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Australia starts new ladder safety campaign

Are you putting safety training in place?

Are you putting safety training in place?

Ladder safety is important for all ages, but some people are at a greater risk than others. While managers can never single employees out based on age, it is important teach everyone about the importance of ladder safety and really drive the point home that there could be some people at a greater risk.

Australia is hoping to educate their older workers on the safety hazards that come with working on ladders, urging older employees to be careful while on the job, according to Safety Culture. The news provider reports that nearly 1,600 people over the age of 65 are hospitalized after falling from a ladder each year.

The injuries can sometimes lead to a long recovery period, with many individuals suddenly feeling as though they are unable to get back to their normal quality of life. This can be significant for people who are in the later stages of their lives.

According to EHS Today, it’s incredibly easy to fall off a ladder no matter what age, and in some cases it can even lead to fatalities. Managers will want to make sure that no matter how old their workers are, they’re properly trained on the ins and outs of ladder safety, so they know to take the proper precautions while on the job.

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Get your ladders ready for air duct cleaning

Are you planning to clean your air filters?

Are you planning to clean your air filters?

With the seasons beginning to change, many companies are looking to begin building maintenance for the colder months. This can help keep machinery in shape even as the temperatures drop. A safety ladder can be very helpful during this time of year, particularly as people look to improve their air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air pollution is increasingly becoming a concern for many, leading them to take action with air duct cleaning. According to the agency, when the system is not properly maintained, ducts, registers, diffusers and other parts of the system can build up particles of dirt, dust and other grime. In an effort to keep air quality optimal, regular cleaning should occur.

One thing the maintenance crew will want to pay special attention to is the filtering system. According to Anthem, the filters should be changed on a monthly basis to ensure good air quality. While it’s best to have these changed by a professional, it is a fairly common task that anyone on the maintenance crew should be able to handle.

Whether it’s blasting the air conditioning or getting ready to turn on the heat, cleaning the HVAC when seasons change can improve air quality for months.

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Warehouses continue to be a major demand as e-commerce climbs

Warehouses are increasingly looking up for their space solutions.

Warehouses are increasingly looking up for their space solutions.

Warehouses are in more demand than ever, and developers are looking to cash in on the trend and build more buildings. Space is important, with many warehouse managers looking to height as the answer to their storage needs. Now, workers need to climb on ladders to get to certain items, as building up can be less costly than adding square feet.

According to Crain’s Chicago Business Journal, Chicago is seeing massive growth in the warehouse space. As developers add new spaces to the area to meet distributor needs, warehouses are the hottest in real estate commodity.

While warehouses can be used for a variety of reasons, one of the biggest drivers for the industry is the rise of e-commerce. According to the Wall Street Journal, retailers are making warehouse space a priority as they look to improve the delivery time for all of their e-commerce customers.

Many companies still keep brick-and-mortar locations, but the drive of online shopping has lead to new strategies for keeping customers happy. As businesses are looking to increase their warehouse operations in an effort to keep up with their customer needs. E-commerce requires a lot of logistical planning, and getting the right warehouse space can help streamline operations.

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Take the time to stress ladder safety and avoid accidents

Take the time to educate your employees.

Take the time to educate your employees.

How much time do you spend educating your employees on how to use a ladder? It may seem like a no-brainer, but taking the time to properly educate workers can go a long way in reducing the amount of accidents while on the job.

According to Claims Journal, ladders are a common theme in workers’ injury compensation claims, as well as a cause of many accidental deaths while on the job. If employees do not know how to properly use a ladder, they put themselves, and their colleagues in danger.

Managers should take the time to educate all employees on proper ladder safety precautions. The news provider reports that the majority of ladder accidents that happen could have been avoided if employees knew to take the proper precautions. Anytime you bring a new ladder into the workplace, you should make sure all employees are in the know about use, weight restrictions and general best practices.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employees should be able to properly inspect a ladder before they use it each time. If they are trained to properly see any hazards or issues the ladder may cause, they can remove it from the warehouse floor to either get repaired or replaced.

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Be safe in the stockroom

Do you know all of the ladder safety tips?

Do you know all of the ladder safety tips?

Working in a stockroom can present a lot of safety challenges for managers and employees alike. Sorting inventory the right way can be taxing, and frequently requires material handling equipment in order to lift boxes to the proper shelves. But what about retrieving inventory? In some cases, you can use equipment again. However, some workers prefer the manual route of using a ladder.

When deciding to retrieve something with the help of a ladder, employees should be up-to-speed on proper use. According to the National Safety Council, there are several precautions workers should be aware of while using a ladder. Take a look at how much weight the ladder can handle. If it’s not enough for the employee, the inventory and a little extra wiggle room, try a sturdier option or even consider turning to machinery.

If possible, have a coworker hold the ladder steady during the climb. The news provider suggests looking for the sturdiest possible surface and making sure that there is ample room between what you’re climbing against and the ladder to avoid a tip.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, ladder locks should always be properly engaged before attempting to climb. Also, be sure to look out for all possible electrical hazards, both above and at the bottom of the ladder.

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Keep ladder safety in mind

Are your employees in-the-know on ladder safety?

Are your employees in-the-know on ladder safety?

Employees may find themselves going to new heights in the warehouse, but working on a ladder to get at certain inventory and other storage can be a safety hazard. Managers need to be able to properly train their workers on ladder safety and make sure that they feel comfortable climbing on a ladder and being able to get on and off without injury.

According to Consumer Reports, before an employee gets on a safety ladder, he or she should always inspect it to make sure it’s in good condition, there is no moisture on it to make it slippery and that it’s free of damage. Even if you recently purchased new ladders for your warehouse, you should always get in the habit of checking them out to make sure they’re in working order.

If possible, it’s a good idea to have another employee spotting while their coworker is on the ladder. This person can help hold the ladder steady and also be there for any inventory handoffs at the bottom so the climber can have both of his or her hands free.

EHS Today reports falls can be prevented if employees are properly trained on how to use a ladder, so managers should take the time and make sure everyone is on the same page.

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Do your employees have ladder safety knowledge?

Can your ladder handle the weight?

Can your ladder handle the weight?

Before your employee gets on a ladder, are they properly trained? Falling off a ladder can lead to serious injury and even death, so it’s critical that anyone who handles a ladder on the job have the background knowledge to safely use it.

According to Safety + Health Magazine, workers should consider whether or not they have to hold heavy items while on a ladder, work from a tall height for an extended period of time or reach a height that may make the ladder unstable. If the employee has any concerns when answering these questions, they may want to either ask for assistance with the task or consider using machinery to retrieve the inventory.

Employees should also pay attention to what the ladder can handle. According to Popular Mechanics, every step and extension ladder comes with a rating system based on how much it can support. If possible, employees should look at the weight of anything they need to handle, while also accounting for their own weight, and then determine if the ladder is appropriate for the job. If the employee, as well as whatever they are handling, weighs too much, then they should consider either looking for a ladder with a higher rating, or using another piece of equipment to retrieve the item.

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Improve inventory predictability

Do you pay attention to fast-moving items?

Do you pay attention to fast-moving items?

True inventory management goes beyond checking what’s on the hand carts heading out to the store. Managers should be able to predict what items will be hot sellers and which they should scale back on in ordering, as they don’t want to get stuck with excess inventory. Being able to better predict inventory flows can help a company save on unwanted inventory costs and make sure that they’re really driving sales based on customer demand.

According to Business 2 Community, business managers need to be able to keep up with market trends in order to anticipate what their customers will be looking for. Paying attention to inventory levels on specific products can also give better insight as to what to expect when a consumer is looking to make a purchase. If you notice that certain products aren’t needing to be restocked as quickly, it might be time to pause the order.

Shopify reports that managers should try to do their best to avoid dead stock, which is when you have inventory that can’t be resold after a certain period. Think about when you have a seasonal item that isn’t really moving off the shelves. Try and limit your orders of this product early, so you can make sure you are holding onto more inventory that’s resellable.

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