How A Clean Warehouse Can Prevent Accidents

Monday 6th March 2023

Ellen Warren

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Last year the Labour Force Survey reported that around 565,000 people sustained an injury at work, and 123 workers died in work-related accidents. Many of these incidents are preventable in an environment that is assessed often and kept clean.

At ICE Cleaning we provide professional warehouse cleaning services that can thoroughly clean your warehouse, including the hard-to-reach areas. Our expert technicians will use non-abrasive and eco-friendly solutions to achieve the best result for your warehouse.

Read on to learn more about how a clean warehouse could make your workplace safer.

The importance of safety in your warehouse

It is the job of all warehouse employees to help maintain a safe environment for everyone there. Managers must prioritise health and safety regulations in a warehouse with regular risk assessments and ensure a clean work area.

Failing to meet health and safety regulations could result in legal claims or serious consequences for the workers. Common warehouse accidents include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Manual handling injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Moving machinery accidents
  • Falling objects

These are preventable with frequent risk assessments, employee training, and a clean environment. Slips, trips, and falls occur due to discarded boxes, spilt substances, or dropped items that should be cleaned as soon as they are spotted by any workers to limit injuries.

Why is regular warehouse cleaning important?

If your warehouse is clean and organised, inventory management is easier for your employees. It can additionally reduce your need for extra staff and instead put that spare time into other projects for your workers to prioritise.

When customers receive products from you that arrive in a dirty or dusty box, it will also decrease satisfaction and harm your reputation. All surfaces, including the difficult-to-reach areas, should be kept as clean as the floor.

When you're letting waste pile up around bins such as paper and cardboard, there is a risk of attracting pests, too. It will create more traffic in your warehouse, as well, preventing productive work from progressing and increasing the possibility of a preventable accident.

How cleaning increases efficiency and productivity

When waste and clutter grow in the warehouse, it becomes harder for your employees to focus on their tasks. They may stop what they are doing to clean up some of the mess, wasting productive time and effort. This could lead to an accident that will lead to slowed productivity in the warehouse.

A clean warehouse and workspace will remove all distractions from the environment and allow workers to concentrate and improve their performance. Productivity and efficiency improve in a thoroughly cleaned warehouse, ensuring employees are less stressed and healthier overall.

What to do if your warehouse needs cleaning

You should not attempt a thorough cleaning of your warehouse by yourself and leave it to the professionals. They will have solutions and tools that you may not have access to, and you could be putting yourself at risk if you try to attempt this alone.

Expert cleaners will be qualified to reach high and hard-to-reach places, and know how to keep themselves safe during a warehouse clean. But, there are some things you can do in the meantime to keep your warehouse clean:

  • Implement a 'clean as you go' initiative
  • Create a cleaning schedule
  • Keep your cleaning supplies well-stocked
  • Reduce waste with bins or recycling disposal
  • Maintain inventory to prevent overstocking
  • Hire a professional warehouse cleaning company

Get in touch

At ICE Cleaning, our expert warehouse cleaning technicians are accredited with IPAF and CSCS to clean warehouses and construction sites with the right qualifications. We can provide regular cleaning services and even clear up emergency spills of chemicals or oils.

Contact us today at 0208 066 0360 or to get a free, obligation-free quote or book an on-site survey today.

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