Safety in a warehouse has to be exceptional at all times. When you have multiple levels of racking and warehouse shelving, you cannot afford for even the smallest thing to go wrong, which is why good protective measures should be taken into account even in the planning stages of your warehouse. Protective measures will obviously vary based on the warehouse and the type of storage systems you use, but there are some that are common to most warehouses.
One of the most common systems is one that allows for rack locking. A locking system literally locks the racks or shelves into position, so that if there are many of them in a row, they are stronger and more secure. This applies to those racks that are in a vertical position and those that sit horizontally. Locking can be temporary or permanent. The temporary types of locking can be completed with special bars that join racks but can be removed when they are not needed. These are usually made of either metal or plastic and are factory tested to ensure they are secure. Permanent locking solutions are made of metal, for metal racks, and will be welded onto the racks to ensure that they do not ever split. Generally, plastic racks cannot be permanently locked.
One of the other safety measures to consider when working with warehouse shelving, is the bumper. As the name may imply, a bumper is a protective device used on the legs of racks to protect them from impact. In your warehouse, there will doubtless be forklifts, trucks and other small vehicles working to get products from the top shelves and bottoms shelves into and out of the warehouse. While you probably train every driver to manage those vehicles in a certain way, they sometimes drive the vehicles into the legs of the racks. If the racks are not steady, this could spell chaos and result in both the loss of valuable products and products falling onto someone and wounding them. Rack bumpers then, are strong and sturdy devices that are placed onto the legs of warehouse shelving and racking units to absorb the impact of vehicles. True, you may never need them, but they are precautionary.
In your warehouse, health and safety should be on your mind at all times. While you may already be doing your best to ensure employees don’t smoke indoors, or that the vehicles they drive on site are fully serviced at all times, you cannot call your health and safety comprehensive without attending to your warehouse shelving and racking systems. This is not something you need to do alone though, and by speaking to Krost Shelving, you could be well on your way to a more effective and efficient protective system for your racks and shelves.