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Keeping Your Warehouse Clean During COVID-19


The battle is not over yet, we have to stay vigilant as business owners. The virus is going to be with us for many years to come, experts say. That means that every business owner has to get used to the fact that cleanliness will need to be taken to the next level, and thus, become the norm. We can do this by implementing some common sense policies and instructing our employees to take care of each other. However, we need to merge the practical needs of this, along with the educational aspects. Here’s how you can keep your warehouse clean during the pandemic.





Wiping becomes a habit

Something as simple as wiping down surfaces has to become normal. This should be done by managers and employees. But how often and where? 

Managers need to know what kind of orders in the warehouse they are fulfilling. In other words, which areas of the warehouse will be used for the day? Some products may not have been ordered so the locations where they are stored, need not be disturbed. By knowing which areas of the warehouse will be used, you can set up a cone of cleanliness. Simply use antibacterial and antiviral wipes to clean the palettes, the pump trucks, the shelves which are storing the products/inventory. It should become a habit for both employees and managers. Employees should wipe them down after use, while managers go around and wipe the areas down every other hour.

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Cleaning thoroughly

Once work has stopped for the day or perhaps a shift has come to the end. You need to use the right kind of cleaning supplies to thoroughly clean the areas that have been in contact with your employees. They have industrial floor cleaning equipment, vacuuming, steaming and generally brushing the area so that no dirt or debris will be left. This is crucial for your warehouse as the hard surfaces need to be cleaned with a little gusto. Your simple home cleaning supplies will not do the trick, you need strong equipment for this type of cleaning. Speak with one of their sales assistants or advisors, as they can demonstrate each product for you and explain how it adds value to your business. In times such as these, you cannot afford to have an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus among your workforce, so don’t skimp out.

Reporting and honesty

If one of the employees is not behaving as they should, i.e. wiping their nose with their hands and touching inventory or other people, they have to be reported. This is a very touchy subject for employees because they want to work in a place where there is camaraderie. And telling each other doesn’t really bolster that. But, it’s necessary. Don’t forget this is a life-threatening virus, you have to will employees, to be honest, and report on those among them that aren’t following correct hygiene rules.

A warehouse is a very valuable business, not just to the owners but to the wide economy. Take these precautions and you’ll avoid being shut down by the authorities. 

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