Safety in warehouse

Safety in warehouse shelving

Safety in warehouse shelving and compliance with standards is one of the most important tasks that need to be considered from the stage of purchasing the warehouse shelving system to the installation and arrangement of goods. Failure to pay attention to the do’s and don’ts of warehouse shelf safety can eventually lead to material and sometimes fatal damages. 

Safety in warehouse shelving before buying shelves

To have a shelving system that is very resistant to impact and weight of goods, it is necessary to pay attention to several things in the selection and purchase of warehouse shelves. The most important things that can be considered as an effective step in increasing the safety of warehouse shelving in the shelf purchase stage are:

Care in choosing the type of shelving

Warehouse shelves have a very high variety and each has special structural and technical features. Rock pallet shelving, rock panel shelving, movable shelving, etc. are in this collection. The very important point is that you should choose shelves that are perfectly suited to the type of goods, their weight, means of transport in the warehouse and the environmental conditions of the warehouse. Failure to pay attention to this issue will cause you to choose shelves that can not withstand the weight of the goods and the structure and body of the shelf will fall apart. In addition, the type of goods and their shape, which may be in the form of barrels or tubes, etc., must be fully compatible with the shelves. Because, the goods must be completely fixed on the shelves and their probability of falling is as low as possible. 

Care in the material of the warehouse shelving

Other important factors for Safety in warehouse shelving include the resistance of the body of the shelves to impact and corrosive materials and temperature conditions. For various reasons, the forklift may collide with the body of the shelf while moving goods. Therefore, the material used in the construction of warehouse shelving should be of good quality so that it does not break and disintegrate in dealing with the obstacle. In addition, to increase the safety of warehouse shelving, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the shelves are stainless and moisture and moisture do not affect them.

Standard dimensions and size of Drive In racking

Drive in racking can be designed and implemented based on the customer’s order and needs. The standard sizes and dimensions of the Drive in racking or shelving hallway are as follows:

There is no height limit.

The entrance opening is designed in the sizes of 150 to 200 cm according to the dimensions of the pallet and the type of forklift.

Load bearing in this type of shelving is from 1 ton to 3 tons.

Safety in warehouse shelving When installing the shelf

After determining the best shelving, it is necessary to pay attention to several important issues during installation to ensure the safety of warehouse shelves. These include: 

Observance of standards in the installation of warehouse shelves

Each of the shelving systems according to the structure intended for them, requires compliance with standards during installation. For example, how to fix the shelves on the floor, the location of the columns and braces, determine the appropriate height for each shelf according to the type of product and tighten the joints are some of the things that are needed to secure the storage shelves. Due to the fact that the observance of these standards and the installation of shelves in the warehouse is quite specialized, we suggest that you refrain from arbitrarily installing shelves in the warehouse. 

Pay attention to the distance between the warehouse shelving

One of the most important things to consider when installing warehouse shelving is the amount of space allocated to the hallways. According to this type of shelving and goods handling systems, the width of the row should be determined. For example, the width of the hallway in a narrow hallway rack is less than a lattice rack. Failure to pay attention to this issue will cause the forklift to hit the shelves while moving and eventually reduce their endurance, eventually leading to the collapse of the shelves. This point is very effective in increasing Safety in warehouse shelving. 

Cold Storage

Cold storage is temperature controlled areas wherein the materials are needed to be kept under controlled environment.

Continuous inspection and monitoring of shelves

Various parts and equipment installed on shelving systems may crack and break over time and for various reasons. For this reason, one of the most important safety principles in warehousing, inspection and continuous monitoring of various parts. After observing any damage, it is necessary to make repairs or replace parts in accordance with the standards. It is also possible to be informed about the correct and principled arrangement of the goods through continuous inspections, so that if there is a problem, they can be fixed. 

Do not weld spare parts on warehouse shelves

In many cases, non-professionals in the installation of shelving systems, for various reasons, welding parts in different parts of the shelves. The use of parts can damage other parts of the shelves during welding. In addition, it will upset the balance of the shelves and the different parts of the shelf will not be able to withstand the pressures from other parts. 

Observe the distance of the shelf from the floor and the wall

Placing shelves on the floor without considering the appropriate distance is one of the most common cases that can affect the safety of warehouse shelving. It should always be noted that water and moisture may enter the warehouse for various reasons. In this case, if the goods are on the ground, a lot of damage will be done. 

Safety in warehouse shelving in the arrangement of goods

After selecting and installing the best warehouse shelving system, it is necessary to pay attention to important issues in the arrangement of goods. Failure to pay attention to these cases will cause a lot of damage that in many cases will be irreparable. Important issues in the safety of warehouse shelving in the stage of arrangement of goods include the following: 

Uniform arrangement of goods on the shelf

Creating balance in different parts of the shelf, which was also mentioned in the installation stage, should also be considered in the arrangement of goods. Try to create a kind of balance in different parts of the shelf based on the weight of the goods. In other words, avoid placing heavy goods on one side of the shelf to better preserve the structure of the shelves. In addition, do not put more goods in the shelves than they can withstand so that the shelves do not fall down.

Do not drop the goods by forklift

The incompetence of forklift drivers is one of the biggest threats to the safety in warehouse shelving. Because in many cases, it is observed that the goods are left before being placed on the pallets and shelves, and this can cause vibration in the shelves. In addition, by dropping the goods may fall and will suffer a lot of material damage. Not leaving the goods on the shelves and not hitting the shelves while moving the forklift are some of the things that should be paid special attention to. 

Use the right pallets

One of the most important things to consider when arranging goods in stock is choosing the right pallet. There is a lot of variety in pallets and you should be able to choose the right option according to the type of product. Failure to pay attention to this issue can lead to the fall of goods from the shelves. For example, placing and arranging goods with small packaging on flat pallets is not in line with safety principles in warehouse shelving, and it is better to use pallet boxes for this situation. 

No contact of shelves with chemicals and corrosives

Some warehouses store chemicals, some of which may be corrosive. Note that despite the high quality of metals used for the body of the structure, contact with corrosive materials can lead to several problems over time. If corrosive materials are stored, they must be placed in tight packages so that they can not be removed.

Other very important factors in increasing safety in warehouse shelving include the following options:

Do not open and close different parts of the shelf without considering safety issues. Determine the appropriate distance from the shelves to the side walls. Design, manufacture and installation of warehouse shelving.

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