It’s important to keep a clean and safe work environment in a warehouse. Spring is a good time for warehouses to thoroughly clean equipment and the work areas.
This way, you can keep a record of when you checked everything for cleanliness, and you can have a record of your routine cleanings for an effective workplace. Here’s a safety checklist for warehouse spring cleaning to keep your warehouse operations smooth and productive.
Remove all excess paper products from restrooms. Store them in a designated area until the end of the year. Then, clean all restroom surfaces, including the floors.
Empty trash cans and replace liners if necessary, and make sure you have plastic bags on-hand for use throughout the next year. Remove all excess paper products from restrooms. Finally, store them in a designated area until the end of the year.
Breakroom and Lounge
Clean and sanitize surfaces in break areas and lounge areas, including tables, chairs, countertops, and floors. If the floor has carpet, vacuum it and spot clean any dirty areas.
Clean and sanitize microwaves, refrigerators, and cabinets. Additionally, keep one shelf in the freezer for items that you need to store over the summer.
Warehouse Floor/Ceiling/Walls/High Ceilings
Sweep warehouse floors with a broom or use a sweeper to remove loose debris. If the warehouse’s floors are concrete or tile, sweep and wash with water and soap to remove any marks/stains. Use a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar for stubborn stains.
Follow this by rinsing with clean water and allowing it to dry completely before walking on the floor again. Inspect warehouse ceilings and walls for any cracks, holes, or weather damage. Make a note of any damage so that you can repair or replace it over the summer.
Warehouse Lighting and Fixtures
Clean all light fixtures by wiping with water and soap to remove dirt, dust, and cobwebs. Pay special attention to areas where you may have disrupted cobwebs. If you need to replace any lighting fixtures, make a note of the number so that you can order the items in advance.
Additionally, clean all the windows and window coverings by wiping them with clean water and soap to remove dirt, dust, and cobwebs. Then, replace any broken or dirty window coverings.
Floors in Storage Areas
Sweep warehouse floors in storage areas if they are concrete or tile. If floors are wood, use a broom or vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any leftover debris. Only sweep unfinished warehouse floors (i.e., unfinished concrete). Then, inspect the floors for any cracks, holes, or weather damage.
Warehouse Forklift and Other Equipment
You can prolong your forklift’s working life by inspecting it for any damage or needed repairs. Make a note of any problems so that you can address them immediately. If applicable, inspect your air compressor for proper ventilation.
Ensure that there is enough clearance around the equipment and prevent storing combustible items nearby. Check all warehouse forklifts for proper brake function, tires, and any needed repairs.
In conclusion, following this safety checklist for warehouse spring cleaning is a great way to keep floors and equipment clean and safe. Work with a qualified company to conduct a thorough inspection of warehouse lighting, flooring, ventilation, windows, and other areas that may need attention.