Safety is a busy distribution facility’s No. 1 priority. These operations can't afford to have accidents or equipment not working properly.
Just because you have a smaller operation doesn't mean you don't face similar security, safety and operational issues as larger operations.
Food and pharmaceutical facilities have to be extremely conscious of any potential air leaks, visible light and energy loss.
When protecting and monitoring the thermal envelope is critical — such as in a cooler or freezer facility — sealing the loading dock door and lock leveler is imperative.
Creating and maintaining a safe work environment is the keystone of any successful warehouse and loading dock operation.
Temperature-controlled facilities (such as cold storage facilities) pose unique challenges as they are specifically designed to accommodate a range of different temperature and humidity needs for all varieties of products.
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Moisture in the air, weather lashing into your building during times of loading all lead to wet slick floors and on the loading dock this is a very dangerous combination. Safety statistics suggest that 25% of all accidents result from falls that occur on or around the loading dock. So it’s not surprise that dock operators, supply chain managers and the like all share one common objective, safety! Keeping your dock floors dry is imperative where safety is concerned. There are ways to help achieve a dry floor that are both safer and more productive for foot and motor traffic. Let’s take a look at a few:
Serco ATEC™ High Volume Low Speed Fan
this fan offers a reduction in perceived temperature equivalent to 7 to 11 degrees. This fan was designed to help keep employees’ cool and comfortable when first breaking into the material handling market in the mid-1990’s. Today Serco ATEC fans have also proven effective at reducing moisture in the air and therefor condensation on floors.
Turbo-ES™ Fan from APS
harmful fumes or keeping an area fresher and insect free. It is also ideal for the loading dock, circulating fresh air inside trailers. This thermally protected fan prevents overheating and is easily maneuvered using the easy grip handle so you can aim Turbo-ES’s continuous stream of air exactly where it’s needed.
The Serco HINGE GUARD™ Dock Shelter System
the facility and precious cooled-conditioned air to escape, increasing risk of spoilage and increasing energy costs. A dock shelter system (HINGE GUARD) begins to work as soon as a trailer reverses into the dock and is automatically activated by the backing trailer by grasping the sides of the trailer and covering the hinge gaps. It offers a consistent seal, full and unrestricted access to the trailer interior and gives way to ultimate energy savings without any interference to loading.
Reducing moisture takes planning.
Plan ahead for moisture control, and by introducing the above solutions into your equipment mix it’s possible to increase energy-savings and help avoid unnecessary accidents caused by wet dock floors.
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