The warmer weather is welcomed by most people but for those working in a warehouse, it can bring some problems. Here are 3 ways the heat can negatively affect work in your warehouse.
Increased health and safety concerns
It’s great when the weather starts to get warmer but for workers it can cause an uncomfortable environment. Especially if your work involves a lot of physical activity. Warehouse temperatures can soar during the summertime and this can pose health and safety concerns for workers. Dehydration, heat stroke and fatigue can be common side effects of the increase in temperature so it’s vital that workers stay adequately hydrated throughout the working day. Suncream should be used by those working outdoors and ensure regular water breaks are taken.
It’s no surprise that when the temperature rises, work productivity decreases. People become more uncomfortable, sluggish, and are slower to get things done. Keeping workers refreshed and hydrated can help with this, as can rotating staff accordingly. However, some reduction in productivity is to be expected so it’s best to factor that into your schedule.
Forklift truck tire degradation
It’s common for forklift trucks to be used outside during summer, completing tasks that were impossible during the wet, icy and snowy conditions of winter. But there are some considerations that have to be made whilst working outside in summer too. Tire pressure can increase when the temperature rises and can cause blowouts if you’re not careful. Always check your tire pressure before using your forklift trucks in the heat.