Some Shelving Unit Safety Tips

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Warehouses are essentially places of storage. If your business uses a warehouse or two; then you know that keeping your warehouse (and inventory) safe is an important aspect of your business’ success. Perhaps one of the simplest and most effective ways of doing this is the proper implementation of preventative maintenance and safety practices when working with industrial shelving units such as modular shelving and pallet racks. To this end; your friends at Steinco Industrial Solutions would like to give you some tips for working with and maintaining your shelving units.

Don’t overload your shelving units – it seems like a no-brainer, but you shouldn’t overload shelves with excessively heavy items or inventory that exceeds the shelf’s optimum weight capacity.

Make sure your employees are trained on proper inventory handling – employees must be trained in the procedures for safe and proper loading and unloading of inventory to and from shelving units in order to prevent undue accidents and injuries. They should also know how to safely transport inventory to and from the warehouse.

Use shelving units correctly – know your shelving units’ specifications; as some shelves are more appropriate for storing certain items than others. Don’t store materials that are not recommended for your shelving units, or misuse them in any way. Using your shelves for their intended purpose will help you avoid any accidents and damage to them.

Observe proper assembly, installation, and maintenance procedures – make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions properly during shelf assembly, and don’t deviate from them. Additionally, make sure the shelves are correctly installed according to the recommended guidelines. Always refer to the shelving unit’s documentation with regard to weight limits, replacement schedules, precautions, and maintenance.  

Inspect your shelves regularly – routinely check the condition of your warehouse’s shelving units. Check for loose pins, sagging racks, leaning or bending bars, and other signs of wear and tear.

Knowing how to properly use and maintain your warehouse’s shelving units is one of the easiest ways to help keep your business running smoothly and your warehouse accident-free.

Are you looking for shelving and storage units for your warehouse? Steinco Industrial Solutions is your wholesale supplier of top-brand industrial equipment such as EQUIPTO™ Shelving Systems and other storage solutions. Call us up at 419-606-8512, send us a fax at 419-908-4040, or contact us online for all of your questions and for more information about the products and brands that we carry.