Mezzanines are a smart solution to increase storage space and optimize the amount of usable floor space of any warehouse or manufacturing facility. However, as with any warehouse installation there are safety tips and procedures to be followed.
If you’re a warehouse manager or manufacturing owner, these are a few safety tips you and your employees should know.
1. Safety Check Installation
Perform your due diligence and ensure that you receive a proper safety check prior to signing off the completion of your mezzanine floor installation. At AllCover, we always provide safety checks and provide our customers with mezzanine floors that meet and exceed industry expectations.
2. Ensure Load Requirements Are Met
Understand your mezzanine floors weight limit capacity. While most of our mezzanine floors have the capacity to hold heavy manufacturing equipment, for lifts, and so on, even the sturdiest floor has its limits. Ensure you review the load capacity so that nothing exceeds these limits. You should post these requirements in clear and noticeable locations so that your employees are also aware of the weight limitations of the mezzanine.
3. Install Extra Fall Protection
Because mezzanine floors are elevated, there is always the risk of someone accidentally falling off. These types of accidents can be unexpected and can result in expensive consequences. To avoid “falling” into this kind of problem, installing the proper kind of guard rails ensures your employees, equipment, and inventory remain safe from falls.
4. Minimize Slips, Trips, & Falls
In addition to installing additional safety rails, properly maintaining your mezzanine floor minimizes the risk of slips, trips and falls. Keep your mezzanine floors tidy and ensure dark areas are well-lit for improved visibility.
5. Install Kickerboards
If you have a high-traffic area underneath your mezzanine floor, there is an increased chance of some kind of debris being kicked over the edge causing problems below. Installing a kickboard with a minimum height of 10.0 cm ensures that all edges prevent loose objectives from falling onto a worker’s or interfering with the assembly lines.
6. Review Local Fire & Hazard Codes
Depending on your industry and the setup of your warehouse or facility, you may be required to post local government, federal rules, or other hazard codes regarding fire safety and worker safety. If you don’t have a mezzanine but you are planning to get one installed, familiarize yourself with these code to ensure you maintain a safe workplace, avoid unwanted fines, and prevent your business from getting shut down.
7. Educate & Delegate Staff
To maintain a safe and productive workspace, the best thing to do is educate your staff and delegate a member of the team to become the “safety officer” to watch for obstructions, mislaid tools, spills, and other situations that can make your workspace unsafe.
8. Ask for Advice
If you’re unsure whether your mezzanine floor is up to industry standard, you had a recent accident requiring repair, or you would simply like an upgrade to your current system, please contact our friendly, professional team to assist you.