To run a warehouse is a complex operation and contrary to popular thought, it involves much more than mere logistics. Besides the storage and distribution of stock, there are other issues to be taken into consideration such as security and handling. A major hazard is fire – especially if you store materials that are of a flammable nature. Then there is always the added threat of burglary from external or even internal sources at times.
Some of the main warehouse security issues to be aware of are as follows:
The kinds of materials that are stored can be expensive or pose a fire hazard. Switch on the telly and you are bound to hear news reports of a fire breakout at one of the numerous warehouses across the city. The main cause is lack of proper storage of flammable materials and at times inadequate fire prevention measures being in place. There needs to be a modern detection system in place with smoke detectors and fire sprinklers installed and working effectively. An equally vital area to focus on is the installation of industrial fire doors at all entry and exit points of the warehouse as these help to contain any conflagration. Any lack of these preventive measures can lead to a severe loss of assets.
These include electronic surveillance equipment to maintain a vigil and security personnel employed to guard the warehouse and its contents. Having the right surveillance equipment installed in the right areas and monitored on a 24/7 basis, 365 days of the year will serve as a strong deterrent to theft. Also remember to notify employees of the surveillance measures as this will prevent any in-house issues. You need to have a security patrol on duty to further strengthen security measures at the site – especially if there are no employees on the premises during the night.
Training of Staff
The staff needs to be well trained to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively. This includes training them on proper storage methods for materials that pose a fire hazard as well as responding to any emergencies in a calm and organised manner. In case there are any flammable materials stored, such as chemicals, they should receive thorough training on handling such materials safely and be provided with the necessary protective gear as well. Regular fire assessments and evacuation drills need to be conducted quarterly or biannually.
As theft is a major concern, the staff employed need to be trustworthy and reliable. Another way to prevent theft is by having regular stock checks done. For a large warehouse this may be a challenge but it can be done in a systematic way by being divided into sections with responsible individuals assigned the task of inspecting the respective inventories. Prospective staff must be vetted thoroughly along with background checks to confirm reliability before being employed. Any lapses need to be dealt with strictly and in accordance with the law.
Industrial Door Systems are able to help you with any questions your may have about reliable security and fire doors and their need for regular maintenance checks.