Warehouses can be busy and potentially dangerous workplaces. You have a mix of machinery and foot traffic, heavy loads and fast-moving traffic. The smooth and safe operation of any warehouse is greatly reliant on the quality of the warehouse flooring.
Smooth, non-slip, well-lighted, line marked and properly sealed flooring can improve warehouse operations in a number of ways, from health and safety to reduced machinery downtime.
So let’s have a look at a few of the reasons quality warehouse flooring is so important.
Health and Safety
Good quality warehouse flooring plays an important role in workplace health and safety. Warehouses can be fast paced, high-traffic areas with many people coming and going, carrying heavy loads and operating machinery.
In a poorly run warehouse, slips and falls can be common and they can cost a business in terms of productivity, lost man hours and, in some cases, workers compensation payouts. Smooth, non-slip flooring is essential for preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
Operating machinery over uneven or damaged flooring can also increase the injury risk for operators. Repetitive jolting and bumping can lead to back and neck problems, which can increase absenteeism and increase the risk of chronic workplace injuries.
Optimal Machinery operation
Most warehouses will operate a range of machinery including forklifts, pallet jacks, pickers and stackers and scissor lifts. Often, this type of machinery is purpose-designed for smooth warehouse flooring. Rough, uneven or damaged flooring can increase the wear and tear on these machines, increasing repair and maintenance costs and shortening the lifespan of the machinery.
The flooring will also contribute to the safe operation of the machinery. Proper floor line markings are essential to safely direct traffic and demarcate machinery, pedestrian and shared zones. The correct warehouse flooring epoxy coatings will also have high non-slip ratings, increasing machinery traction and reducing the risk of accidents.
If warehouse flooring is neglected and damaged, it can slow down forklift operations, thereby reducing productivity. Damaged flooring can also increase the risk of accidents. And any workplace accident can halt operations and put machinery and workers out of commission, significantly impacting productivity.
Professional floor line markings can also help to streamline operations by increasing the flow of traffic while minimising the risk of accidents. This can also help to improve productivity.
Damaged or uneven flooring can also increase the risk of damage to the materials you are loading, transporting or storing, and this will affect your bottom line. Quality warehouse flooring means smoother operation of picking and loading machinery, which lowers the risk of accidents and damage.
Cleaning and Sanitation
If your warehouse flooring isn’t properly finished, it can release concrete dust into the air. This dust can affect air quality, reduce visibility, increase operational wear and tear on machinery and make general cleaning more difficult and time consuming.
If cracks start to open up in the floor, they can quickly become home to dirt, debris and a range of contaminants. Additionally, most warehouse floor cleaners are not designed to get into these cracks and remove the contaminants. That means they can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and insects.
A quality epoxy coating will seal the concrete flooring, preventing damage to the floors and the release of concrete dust. An epoxy coating is a mix of polymer resins and hardeners. When applied to concrete flooring, it creates a smooth, durable and shiny surface that increases visibility and protects the surface of the floor.
If you’re operating a warehouse, it’s vital to invest in quality floor coatings and clear, professional line markings to ensure the safety and productivity of your operations.