Managing a warehouse takes more than balancing all the parts of the operation process with profitability and other vital factors. As a business that employs a warehouse to stock its products, you have to be in the know about maintenance to keep the facility at its best shape. This is where regular maintenance comes into play.
Warehouse maintenance is essential to keep your distribution center functioning well during your day-to-day operations. In doing so, you can improve your employees’ morale, their productivity, promote safety and prove your client did the right move to trust your business. It’s a “hitting two birds with one stone” scenario where there is much to gain and also as much, maybe even more, to lose.
From production cost to reducing equipment downtime to keeping everyone — and everything safe, it’s important to know what steps to take to properly maintain your warehouse. To help you out, here are the best maintenance tips to keep your warehouse at its best.
Just like what they say in the field of medicine: “Prevention is better than cure.” When it comes to warehouse maintenance, planning ahead with the right forecasting is essential. Here are some of the preventive maintenance tips that you can use as a guide:
Recruitment and training
- Ensure that the workers you recruit to work for you are certified by the authorized institutions for equipment operation to reduce errors that may lead to accidents, which will then lead to more expenses.
- Regularly conduct safety drills to prepare your warehouse personnel to remain calm in the presence of emergencies, so they can respond accordingly to resolve such situations.
- Promote awareness of practices followed by industry pioneers to keep your personnel well-informed.
- Consider designing a safety incentive program to encourage your employees to practice safety habits and uphold your standards of safety.
Safety equipment precautions
- Ensure that the safety equipment you provided is used at all times.
- Make sure that the necessary hazard mitigation equipment is installed in the appropriate places. Having such systems in place will provide your team the needed buffer to identify, control, and prevent any other compromising incidents from occurring. This is one of those things that clients look for when assessing the safety of a warehouse space for rent.
- Label hazardous zones clearly and highlight exits and assembly points. Also, have the warehouse diagram posted on all floors and levels.
- Ensure that all floors are free of any tripping or slipping hazards. It is the collective responsibility of every warehouse personnel to keep the floor free of any of these hazards that may cause physical harm.
Pest control and hygiene
- Draft a pest control plan. Draft a plan for all the possible pest problems you may encounter.
- Carry out routine inspections to check on corners where pests are most likely to live in.
- Periodically rearrange your inventory to make it difficult for pests to settle in.
- Use tools like nets and pest repellants to discourage pest infestation.
Periodic maintenance can minimize equipment downtime and lessen cost of maintenance. Below are some basic planned maintenance tips for you:
Devise a plan
- Specific equipment parts have an operational lifespan, such as hydraulic filters and wear rings. It’s important to have a maintenance plan to have your equipment looked at regularly so you’ll know what parts should be renewed and what machinery should be replaced.
- When drafting a maintenance plan, make sure to note two things: the equipment downtimes during service should not affect your regular operation and scheduling all equipment for maintenance at the same time may disrupt your workflow.
- Carry out inspections and manage checklists to document the condition of your equipment. For complex equipment, you can consider hiring a technician knowledgeable on the matter.
- For large warehouses with many pieces of equipment, a computerized maintenance management system can be useful to store information required for essential data such as tracking availability of spare parts and generating reports.
Involve your employees
- Interact with your employees on a regular basis to find out obstacles that affect your operations’ efficiency.
Warehouse maintenance is an important part of warehouse management. It serves as a precautionary measure and a tool made to ensure efficiency and productivity. It should be a total cooperative effort of everybody involved in operations to make it work.