If you’re looking to improve the organisation and efficiency or your work environment but struggle with space, it might be time you considered Mezzanine Flooring.
Whilst a fantastic solution for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and retail premises there are a number of regulation and health and safety practices both employers and employees should be aware of.
We’ve discussed these below, so read on for more information or contact our specialist team for your mezzanine flooring.
A little cramped for space? Struggle to find inventory and stock at the snap of a finger? If so, its time you invested some thought into reorganising your warehouse or other commercial property.
Think of it like this; would you really expect an office employee to work productively and efficiently if their desk was piled high with papers, accessories, and folders? No.
Equally, you and your employees can’t run efficiently if the organisation and planning behind the scenes isn’t optimised to allow staff to do so. Quality mezzanine floors can benefit you in a number of ways including:
According to the Health and Safety Executive falls from height contribute as a significant cause of injury. Whether risks from low height or the more obvious risk of falling from a distance, mezzanine flooring is a common area of concern.
As such, employers should take this seriously and assess their workplace, workforce, and the procedures in place. Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others but it is ultimately down to you as the employer to ensure everyone complies with Health and Safety duties which generally include:
The team at Bristol Storage have more than 40 years of experience in the industry with a specialist team who can supply, fit, and design mezzanine flooring for your premises.
So, whether you’re looking for extra-storage, mezzanine floors for offices, or multi-tier mezzanine flooring we can help.
Interested? Give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information on how to maximise space for your business.
Client: Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd
Based in Bromsgrove, Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd are a nationwide flooring supplier and installer, dedicated to providing complete flooring solutions to UK House Builders and Housing Associations.
Due to the expansion of Contract Flooring Solutions Ltd to a new purpose built warehouse in Bromsgrove, Bristol Storage Equipment were invited to quote for the supply and installation of a new carpet racking system.
Bristol Storage impressed the client enough to win the contract thanks to competitive pricing, personable service and a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Supplying heavy duty carpet racking designed at 9000mm High and up to 5000mm deep, this heavy duty system was capable of storing loads of over 3000Kgs per level. Using the highest quality storage equipment and specialist decking manufactured specifically for use with carpet racks, a total of 8 carpet racks were installed with a total of 46 bays each containing 11 storage levels – that’s a lot of carpet!
The client had suffered with rack damage on their old racking system, therefore rack protection was installed and steel buffer rail was laid down in order to protect the bottom beam level from fork lift truck damage.
Heavy Duty Walkway Barrier was also installed around the new office area.
The project was installed in line with strict timescales and Bristol storage worked closely with Contract flooring to create an installation schedule that would suit both parties. It was agreed that racks would be handed over in phases to enable Contract Flooring Solutions to vacate the existing warehouse and move carpet over to the new site as the new carpet racks became available.
Bristol Storage were also on hand to strip down the existing racking from old site, and rebuild it as required at the new site.
Warehouse automation is one of the biggest challenges facing our business world today.
Whether commercially run, operated by government, charities or NGO’s, storage and distribution centres across the world all have the same goal in mind. That is to run fast, efficient, high quality processes safely and cost effectively in order to increase output, profit, and end user experience.
Although warehouse automation is nothing new it is certainly something that you should be utilising if you’re not already. Read on and discover how you can find out exactly how you could benefit.
Unprecedented advances in technology have become a game-changer for businesses that want to become market leaders and industry competitive. Why has this happened? Four reasons really; better communications, information sharing, greater collaboration, and the merging of great minds.
The adoption of automating technologies that led to mass production in factories was first led by American businessman Henry Ford in 1909. Through a combination of technological knowhow, innovative ideas, and working practices, as well as respect for co-workers, colleagues, and customers, the Ford car company grew from a small local company into one of the largest industrial companies world-wide.
Not only did Ford set the bar high for fast, efficient, highly profitable processes, he also campaigned for fair wages and work conditions for his workforce, understanding that improved standards of living were essential to effective production.
In recent years we have seen a shift with warehouse services merging. In a bid to achieve improved efficiency from picking and packing through to distribution, warehouse managers are increasingly turning to automation.
In fact, there are a wide range of automation tools out there to choose from, from direct order placement at the press of a button to collection and delivery by autonomous transport systems. It is also seen that automation is releasing human beings from tedious and repetitive tasks which Ford recognised as necessary over a century ago.
Whether adopting semi or fully automating processes, there are a host of household names that have reaped the rewards from their commitment to tech, robotics, and logistics. Find out more below and take a look at some of the top 10 automated warehouses
However, many jobs are becoming redundant and experts are suggesting the introduction of a “robot tax” to ease the transition of employees to new areas of employment and roles in the community.
On a smaller scale there are a few main trends afoot to help streamline future warehousing processes which will likely include:
Many visionaries say the opportunity for growth is only limited by our own imagination.
The starting point is to know your values, your resources, and your limitations. Knowing your organisation requirements is essential to realistically determine the size of investment required and the number of implementable changes possible to calculate the potential returns on that initial investment.
What’s clear is that technology, consumer demand, and competition is radically changing and you’ve got to embrace the changes to compete in a rapidly changing market.
If you’re looking to improve your warehouse processes - whether you’re adopting full automation or indeed pallet racking, partitioning, or workbenches - get in touch with the team. Give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are protected from harm or injury caused by manual handling tasks in
With many reporting musculoskeletal disorders, these types of injuries can cause lasting damage which will not only affect your employee’s long-te
rm health and ability to work, but potentially your business too.
It is therefore vital to have a thorough understanding of the risk factors that increase the likelihood of such injury.
Manual handling is any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more workers. It includes activities such as lifting, holding, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load. These loads can be animate (people or animals) or inanimate (boxes, tools).
Occurring in almost all working environments there are a number of health effects. In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2015/2016, there were 30.4 million working days lost to work-related illness and workplace injury. More specifically we saw 621,000 injuries occur at work with an estimated £14.1 billion cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions.
With more than a third of all reported workplace injuries associated with manual handling, it is important you ensure you comply with the correct requirements.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 require employers to:
As required by law these apply in all situations including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying in environments from construction and warehousing to banks and offices.
The negative health effects of manual handling can be prevented by eliminating the risk factors involved for your employees. Adequate manual handling training will allow staff to assess situations and carry out day to day tasks safely and thus adhere to relevant health and safety guidelines.
• Elimination – If necessary, the workplace can be reorganised in such a way that manual handling can be avoided entirely or restricted considerably. Using powered or mechanical handling equipment such as forklift trucks can help you achieve this.
• Organise Inventory – Avoid lifting heavier objects from the floor or very low shelving as you are more likely to risk injury. It is advisable that you store heavier items in the middle as it is both easier and safer to grip and lift from waist height.
• Is There a Better Way? – Ask yourself whether the task at hand is difficult. If so, it is likely to present a higher risk of harm to an employee. Therefore it is time to look for a better way to complete said task.
It is important that every member of staff is given the correct training to ensure the elimination of injury. The approved manual handling lifting techniques should be used on a daily basis to help keep your employees safe and balanced.
Pushing and Pulling
Including the pushing and pulling of devices such as trolleys and barrows, it is important that you:
Whether you need a bit of advice regarding your warehouse operations, or are in need of updating your pallet racking systems, give our team a call on 0117 955 5211.
Alternatively, why not check out our blog? We offer some great advice regarding all areas of warehousing which could help you.
If you and your employees have become accustomed to the strain of working in difficult conditions, it is most certainly time for a change.
Take the time out of your working week and look to improve the efficiency and running of your warehouse. A few simple changes will see happier employees, greater & more reliable health and safety measures, and a potentially enhanced bottom line.
Avoid the perils of an unorganised mess and improve upon your efficiency with a few of our top tips and efficiency checklist below:
Identifying the key health and safety priorities within a workplace is fundamental. Not only will improving upon these better protect your employees and their day to day activities but allows you the opportunity to reassess your current processes.
In fact, under The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation (1999) the law requires that you have a documented risk assessment in place.
Make sure you comply with these regulations and check these off of your list:
Without effective inventory management in place, the process of efficiently overseeing and controlling the ordering and storage of products is near to non-existent.
As one of your major assets, mismanaged inventories can create significant financial problems such as being presented with a shortage or overflow of stock and a prolonged picking process.
Simplify you inventory management and ensure successful and efficient procedures:
An obvious point to make for many, but an important one nonetheless is the correct labelling within a warehouse environment. A requirement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) you’ll need to ensure personnel are directed through the warehouse safely as well as improving the ability to find inventory fast and easy.
With its history and worth proved in the retail setting more and more companies are switching over to barcode technology in the warehouse to improve profitability, productivity, and warehouse efficiency. The benefits of doing so are quite significant and include, but are not limited to:
Interested? We’ve compiled a full blog post discussing the benefits of barcode scanners.
What better way to ensure the efficient running of your warehouse than to make certain it isn’t falling apart at the seams.
Pallet Racking is an invaluable system to the day to day running of your business and the organisation of your warehouse would collapse without it. Providing a durable and reliable system to store high volume and high density bulk inventory we’d suggest you’d follow these tips:
We cannot stress the importance of regular inspection and checks of your pallet racking enough. Not only will you lower any future costs, avoid stock damage, and increase efficiency but you’ll protect your staff and ensure that they are working within safe conditions.
As SEMA approved racking inspectors we can provide safety checks for you. We’ll also fix it for you too, providing a competitive quote for installation of replacement materials, repair services, and spare parts.
If you’re looking to improve the efficiency of your warehouse, we can help. Whether with pallet racking itself, protection accessories, labelling or inspections get in touch with the team. Give us a call on 01179 555 211 and talk to our experienced and knowledgeable team.
In order to run a successful warehouse business you must have high standards when it comes to the organisation of your premises.
Amazon didn’t become the world’s largest internet retailer, selling every product imaginable, with a disorganised and dishevelled warehouse floor, did they? No.
In our latest blog we’ve taken a look at a few simple changes you can make in your warehouse to ensure all operations are running smoothly and efficiently.
Did you know that Amazon Prime Now offer one hour delivery on their orders? Can you imagine the delights of ordering the latest DVD releases on your way home from the office, only for it to arrive as you do?
Unfortunately, unless you live near one of their 27 US stores, you won’t just yet. But the warehouse processes and efficiency behind the offering has us intrigued.
With a service specifically relying on the accurate and on-time delivery of their products a well organised warehouse is essential. But things work a little differently here. A system that seemingly goes against everything we have been programmed to believe, Amazon randomly store their inventory. You’re likely to find a set of weights next to Ben & Jerry’s.
Placing items randomly across the warehouse, each is scanned into a computer system thus logging its location. When the order comes in the computer can find the fastest route for all of the items to be picked ensuring that the order is delivered on time.
Whilst we appreciate that this system will unlikely work for many it is important to find a method that works for you.
An efficient warehouse starts with its organisation both in terms of layout and your process. Take a look at our top tips below to get started:
Ask Your Team
What better place to start than your employees; those who work on the ground on a daily basis.
Provide an opportunity for feedback and ask your employees for their comments regarding daily warehouse activity. Find out what they feel needs improving, where changes can be made, and how time can be saved with improved processes.
You may be surprised by suggestions you hadn’t even considered.
Onwards and Upwards
If you’re short on space, don’t forget that you can go upwards with Pallet Racking. In fact, many places would quickly diminish without the use of such systems.
With the correct installation and proper maintenance, pallet racking is a particularly durable and reliable system providing years of service. Well-designed and securely fitted there are a number of benefits:
If your warehouse is home to a host of products it is worth investing in a warehouse management system (link to blog) to help keep everything labelled and tracked. Despite a likely significant upfront cost, the potential for improved productivity is massive.
Alternatively, put a label on your pallet systems and ensure that your employees are able to easily identify product locations with aisle markers.
Quite simply there is no point in organising you warehouse if your staff aren’t aware of the processes in place.
Make sure every team member understand the systems and process and realises the importance of sticking to them to ensure an organised, more efficient, and safe environment to work in. Remember that training should be an on-going commitment and not a one-off.
You may also want to give your warehouse operative a helping hand by colour coding areas to show where different classifications of products are kept.
If you need a hand getting your Warehouse into shape, give the team at Bristol Storage a call on 0117 955 5211 for more information and advice regarding all of our products.
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After successfully carrying out rack repair works in the warehouse, Bristol Storage Equipment were invited to quote for some storage racking to another work area of the site where there was a requirement to create a neat and tidy environment to meet health and safety guidelines.
Installation of galvanised shelving for bulky and awkward hand loaded items. All shelves were fitted with heavy duty steel decks to take loads of up to nearly 500Kgs per level. Having successfully worked with the company on projects in the past, Bristol Storage were asked to advise on the most suitable solution for creating a clean and efficient work area
Each bay is fitted with 4 Beam Levels including steel decking panels to each level.
Safe Working Load Signs provided. All load signs supplied inline with SEMA guidelines.
480 Kgs per level
Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, founded on July 5, 1994, by Jeff Bezos and based in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the world by total sales and market capitalization.
Bristol Storage were invited to quote for stores area shelving at a new Amazon distribution centre in Coalville, Leicestershire. Having previously kitted out the stores area for Amazon in Swansea, the client wanted to replicate the specification previously supplied.
Installation of stores shelving for small parts storage and pallet racking with pull-out dividers for palletised loads. Bristol Storage specified Dexion HI280 shelving with full height dividers to each level. Dexion P90 pallet racking was also specified as the perfect racking solution. Pull out units were fitted to the ground level racking locations to enable picking directly from pallets.
Dexion P90 Pallet Racking with Pull Out Units
Dexion HI280 Shelving System with Full Height Dividers
Dexion HI280 Shelving
All bays fully clad – steel cladding to side frames and back
Dexion HI280 Dividers
Dexion P90 Racking
Dexion P90 Pull Out Units
Pull Out Units to be fitted to ground level of each racking bay. 2 units per bay.
Load Capacity up to 1000Kgs per unit
Finished in RAL 5010 Blue
Whether you’re into it or not, as February approaches it is hard to ignore the commercialisation of St. Valentine’s Day. Roses flood the garage as your refuel on the way home; there’s an unsightly amount of red in every shop window; and heart shaped chocolates have made their way from the warehouse on to the shop shelves.
Let’s face it, you can’t really ignore 14th February.
But for a minute, forget about your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, or even secret crush and think about your warehouse. And ask yourself; are you really truly looking after it?
As an absolutely vital aspect of running your business, your warehouse provides a safe storage environment for all of your inventory. Considering this role in your day to day life, don’t you think your warehouse deserves even just a bit of love and attention?
Make sure yours is a relationship to define all others by ensuring your warehouse and its equipment is well cared for, for years to come. Take a look at our top tips to showing your warehouse some TLC below:
Whilst a durable and reliable system, especially with the correct installation and maintenance, your Pallet Racking can provide you with years of great service.
However, there can be many dangers lurking within its structure which can go unnoticed. It is therefore essential that you keep an eye on the day to day usage of your Pallet Racking and take the appropriate actions for regular inspections and maintenance.
In fact, regular inspection of your Pallet Racking is a legal requirement under UK law. Whilst an annual inspection is necessary, don’t be fooled into forgoing your own regular checks.
Check out the maintenance and inspection services we can offer (we promise they’ll make your warehouse feel cared for AND valued!)
The powered industrial truck, whilst advantageous in lifting and moving materials a short distance, can be particularly dangerous in the warehouse. In fact, on average they are involved in a quarter of all workplace transport accidents according to the Health and Safety Executive.
We’d therefore suggest that you handle forklifts with great care & attention and follow a few of these simple tips:
Great management means that you need to take measures to avoid the risk of fires. And in the unlikely event that they do occur, are able to control and contain quickly, effectively, and safely.
Ensure that you carry out risk assessments to help you identify any potential hazards and act upon these with physical fire precautions. We’ve pulled together a few of the fundamental basics you should be conducting below.
No, that’s not what we meant!
We’re talking about warehouse protection; the safeguarding of your staff and your inventory. Without the correct treatment your warehouse can become a dangerous environment. Instead, you should ensure that it’s a relationship that ca withstand the test of time.
Show you warehouse some love this Valentine’s day with a selection of some of our favourite protection accessories:
Floor Markers – Zone out areas or mark safety zone’s with a variety of tape in six different colours. Then simply remove with no residue when you fancy a change.
Dexion Corner Guard – Does your heart skip a beat every time a forklift manoeuvres around a corner? Invest in these Corner Guards to protect your racking from collision damage in the warehouse.
With more than enough reasons to be looking after your warehouse, not just at Valentines but all year round, why not give us a call on 0117 955 5211 for inspections, repairs, and all of your protection accessories.
A frequent issue that commonly arises in the warehouse is old, unsuitable or simply broken warehouse racking systems.
Not only is this insufficient for keeping up productive workflow and much needed organisation, but it poses a huge health and safety risk to all those in the workplace.
Whilst pallet racking is a particularly durable and reliable system with the correct installation and proper maintenance there can be a number of hidden dangers which can go unnoticed. It is therefore essential that you recognise the signs that your racking needs replacing.
Read more below:
Regular inspection of your pallet raking is a legal requirement under UK law that requires an outside examination to be undertaken annually. At Bristol Storage we recommend an Annual Pallet Racking Health Check to ensure that all of your health and safety regulations are met.
However, don’t be fooled in to foregoing your own regular inspection and maintenance. You’ll only end up with higher repair costs and the increased risk of potential damage to both your inventory and your staff.
1. Racking Repairs
General maintenance is healthy for your racking system, but constant fixes are a red light that you should be thinking of more long term solutions.
Whether an issue of overloading, wear or tear, or something worse, constant repairs are putting your employees in danger or risk of injury. Whilst you might consider yourself quite the “DIY’er” or even employ a fully qualified maintenance person a system consisting of a host of repairs is not a solid and acceptable solution.
A constantly faulty racking system can be a sign of a larger underlying problem such as bad design or overloading. Not only are your workers at danger of injuring themselves, but your racking and the stock placed on them are at risk of collapsing.
Another danger factor to making too many repairs is that your repairs themselves may be faulty. Instead the safest bet is to invest in some new racking suitable for the job which will not only save you the effort, but the time and money also.
2. Beam Deflection
Naturally, your beams will slightly deflect under a heavy load, however this should disappear as soon as your take the load off. If the beam stays deflected after removing the stock, then it is damaged.
Reloading your racking system with more stock after seeing this is then continuing to put your racking system in danger of collapsing and your workers in a hazardous position due to the risk of falling stock. Weight limits should be obeyed and the load should be supported by enough arms to prevent deflection.
If you notice a deflection in your pallet racking, you need to get a new beam or invest in a more appropriate racking system that can hold the mass of what you are storing.
You can use this calculation to see if your beams need replacing.
3. Rust and Corrosion
Checking for rust and corrosion on your warehouse racking should be a standard job during your pallet inspection. Note any area’s with flaking paint, tarnished beams or corrosion as this is an indicator of the metal weakening.
For obvious reasons, your racking should not be weakened by rust. Even if you are abiding by the weight allowance of the racking, the frames will not be able to hold the original amount of weight if the metal is weakened. The mass of your storage may be too much for the weakened racking which could result in a collapse.
Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this and ignoring it is not going to make the situation any better. In such a case, Pallet Racking replacement is the most sensible solution.
4. Racking Protection
There is no way to fully protect your racking against inevitable damage and faulty components, but you can make sure this is less likely to happen with rack protection for warehouses.
Prevent your racking from damage against forklift damage with added security including column guards, up right protectors and racking barriers.
At Bristol Storage, we repair all damages to SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) guidelines which has been set as national and European standard for storage equipment.
You must be using these tips along with other guidelines to make sure your installation of racking, shelving and other forms of storage cohere to the guidelines.
Whether you’re giving your pallet a full inspection, or you’re noticing as and when it happens, faults with racking should not be ignored. Make sure you’re regularly taking care of your warehouse and the contents within it.
With over 50 years of experience with pallet racking, we are here to help you in any way we can. If you need helping finding what’s best for your warehouse or want to find some racking that you can rely on, give us a call on 0117 955 5211 to speak to a member of our team.