Some cultures have the traditional siesta to cope with the dog days of summer, but companies don’t have that luxury. How do you keep the heat from affecting your employees, warehouse equipment and inventory?
Use these helpful tips to keep your warehouse cool and you’ll have it made in the shade.
Monitor Warehouse Temperature
Cooling a warehouse is much different than cooling an office building.
– Ensure that the building is sufficiently insulated.
– Supplement air conditioning with ceiling or industrial fans if necessary.
– Shut off any machinery that’s not in use.
Use Appropriate Supplies
Thermal labels and other warehouse supplies can malfunction during times of extreme heat. Review the supplies used in your warehouse to determine where alternative products are required.
Maintain Proper Inventory Control
Avoid carrying excess inventory, which increases the chances of spoilage. Even if products are not heat-sensitive, too much stock can prevent optimum airflow within the warehouse.
Invest in Dehumidifiers
Moisture in the air makes it heavier, which raises the perceived heat levels. Dehumidifiers remove moisture and make air conditioning more efficient.
Keep Doors and Exits Closed
When doors and gates are constantly opening, it lets cold air out and hot air in. Consider installing curtains or strip doors on exits that are used frequently.
Prevent Heat Exhaustion
High temperatures can lead to negative effects ranging from low morale to heat stroke. Provide frequent breaks and plenty of water so workers can stay cool and hydrated, and educate employees on the symptoms of heat exhaustion.
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