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Going Back to the Factory in the 'New Normal': A Guide

As businesses have started reopening amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, we think it’s important that we share with you the new UK government guidelines to ensure safety and support your employees’ health and well-being during these difficult times . This guide provides people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses a practical framework to think about what needs to be done to continue, or restart operations safely during a COVID-19 pandemic. You can download the full pdf version of the guidelines here.

The government is clear that employees should not be forced into an unsafe work environment. Employers have a legal obligation to protect their workers and others from health and safety risks. Although we cannot completely eliminate the risk of the coronavirus, employers need to do everything that is reasonably practicable to minimise them, by taking preventive measures:

Could a 4 day week help us get back to work safer?

As businesses around the world begin to reopen amid the novel coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic, the question of how people can get back to work safer is of great importance. As more individuals come into contact, there is a big risk that coronavirus cases could surge again, which can lead to shutting down of businesses the second time. For many people, the work environment will look quite different for a while, and some are thinking of creative ways to help reduce possible infection.

One interesting proposal is the "10-4” approach, as created by researchers from the Weizmann Institute in Israel and the London School of Economics.

Are your current warehouse procedures causing productivity problems?

Warehouse management is commonly related with six (6) basic principles: accuracy, efficiency, cost control, safety and security & cleanliness. However, under these tenets are processes and procedures that are complex and continuously changing. Many times, these dynamic warehouse procedures present warehouse managers with major issues and problems, which negatively affect productivity.

Let’s explore the common problems experienced in today’s warehouse operations and their recommended solutions:

How Often Do You Need To Clean and Change Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter?

The air filter is an important, but often an overlooked component of an air conditioner or HVAC system. It traps particles and contaminants that could badly affect air quality, such as dirt, dust, pollen, mould, bacteria and microorganisms – a nightmare should your facility face inspection from a major customer or health and safety professional. With regular use of the air conditioner, air filters can get clogged up and collect more particles, thus the need for cleaning or changing.

Common Warehouse Hazards and How to Prevent Them

All types of work come with occupational hazards and risks, especially in a warehouse environment. Accidents and fatal injuries affect productivity, workforce hours, the damage of stock and the company’s bottom line.

Warehouse managers and employees can lessen these potential hazards and associated risks by taking the necessary precautions and safety measures. Awareness of these common warehouse hazards is the first step to avoid them.

So, here are the most common warehouse hazards and the ways to prevent them:

How to protect manufacturing workers during a health pandemic

Note: This article should only be used as a guide — please refer to the latest information from the UK government and NHS for up to date advice.

In this article, Kelly Friel, from tool and PPE supplier Zoro, shares some tips to help you protect your manufacturing workforce during a health pandemic.

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We think it is important that we update you some of the things we can offer and also the steps we are taking following the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Moreover, the latest headlines have made it very clear how important it is to simply wash your hands. Viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 2 hours, so making cleanliness a priority in your workplace is crucial.

Coronavirus: Why now is an important time to deep clean and develop cleaning procedures in your warehouse or factory

If coronavirus has created an empty, half-used warehouse, distribution centre, factory or unit, with staff working from home, self-isolating or struck with illness, this quiet period may be an ideal opportunity to get a much-needed deep clean ticked off the to-do list.

Moreover, the latest headlines have made it very clear how important it is to simply wash your hands. Viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 2 hours, so making cleanliness a priority in your workplace is crucial.

Easy Ways to Get Rid of Cobwebs from Ceiling and High Spot Areas

After months or even years of neglect, ceilings attract cobwebs that make your warehouse, depot or factory look dirty and old. In workplaces where hygiene is essential, such as those associated with food or medical supplies, we recommend you enlist trained cleaning specialists to clean the following areas on a regular basis:

  • Around the beams, rafters and ceiling cornices, which collect dirt and dust. As well as in the corners, where the wall meets the ceiling.
  • Textured surface ceilings which collect cobwebs that are harder to remove.
  • Ceiling fans and objects found in high spot areas.

Most of these areas are hard to reach, tricky to clean, and often neglected. They require the right methods and tools, such as high level cleaning machines, scaffolding or specialist equipment, to implement your cleaning job.

Here are some easy ways to get rid of cobwebs from areas within reach:

Productivity Tips: Smart Ways to Improve Warehouse Efficiency

Managing a warehouse entails more than managing the flow of items. You have to ensure timely deliveries, meeting customers’ expectations and your systems and processes are operating well at all times. There are many ways to improve warehouse efficiency, but these little improvements can have a huge impact.

Do you want to save money and time in 2020? Introducing the Simple Warehouse productivity guide

If you want even more profit than sales and marketing can provide...

If you want more time, more productivity, more growth...

You need to do things differently. Are you sure you have tried every possible way to make your business more efficient?

Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked. In fact, these things often end up costing your business the most.

So we have created a free 8-page guide called Simple Ways to Save Time and Money in Your Warehouse, that shows you how you can save more time and money this year, and have you well on your way to your most profitable year yet.

Top Benefits of Cleaning Your AC Condenser And Evaporator Coils

One of the most important things you can do for your warehouse, factory or workplace’s energy efficiency is to have your HVAC or air conditioning system’s condenser and evaporator coils checked regularly and cleaned as necessary. This will also ensure you are working within health and safety standards and fulfilling your requirements.

Cleaning the coils is often overlooked, however, this task is vital to keep your unit running smoothly and efficiently. Here are the top benefits of cleaning your AC coils:

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