How to improve your warehouse air quality in 7 easy steps
How to improve your warehouse air quality in 7 easy steps :
Install high speed doors
High speed roll-up doors dramatically reduce the time that dust and contaminants can enter one warehouse zone to another. High speed door also reduce the time that materials handling and other vehicles spend in areas, reducing fumes and exhaust toxins in loading bay and picking and packing areas.
Install insulated doors
Insulated doors work as great barriers to keep controlled air in and keep contaminants and pollutants out. Truck fumes, bacteria, dust and other particulates which can cause respiratory health issues for employees are dramatically reduced with the use of insulated doors in ware house spaces.
Install air curtains to your warehouse
Air curtains work to dramatically prevent heated or cooled air from escaping through open doors. They not only help keep air free of insects, but also provide significant energy savings and personal comfort for employees.
Install industrial ceiling fans [ HVLS Fan ]
The right ceiling fans installed at strategic points can move air precisely, efficiently and smoothly throughout areas of your warehouse. They are especially important in winter when warehouses are sealed off due to cold weather. You’ll realize dramatically improved air quality in your building for years yet with low impact to operating costs.
Have your HVAC system cleaned
Dust from truck traffic, sorting machines, packaging materials, handling of goods, nearby traffic, pollution and pollen can all enter your warehouse through routine operations. And your HVAC system can be significantly impacted, reducing its effectiveness in not only making the environment safe for employees, but also maintaining a clean space for product handling and storage. Routine maintenance of your HVAC system will go a long way in keeping air quality in your warehouse at a good level.
Install good dock seals and weather stripping
With the installation of secure dock seals and weather stripping, you’ll be able to increase energy conservation, protect people and products from outside contaminants and more easily maintain internal temperatures and air quality within the building. There are several types available which can be configured for your warehouse requirements such as basic compression dock seals, inflatable seals, standard dock shelters and hybrid dock seal/shelter/inflatable models.
Install a rain shroud at your docks
Rain shrouds can be implemented at your warehouse docks to create a tight seal against the top of trailers and prevent rain entering the loading dock area. Anytime there is unwanted water in any area of a facility, there is a chance of mold build up which can be toxic for employees and products. Keeping areas that are vulnerable to the weather clean and dry will go a long way in the reduction and elimination of mold growth.
Every warehouse has its own special requirements based on geography, types of products handled and stored, and the number of employees working in the areas. It’s a good idea to have a warehouse air quality professional evaluate and make recommendations for a thorough air quality plan, however, initiating these 7 steps that you can do now will get you on your way to better air quality in your warehouse sooner rather than later.