Density in Warehouses

Posted 3 years ago by Switched On Space

The role Density can play in warehouse health & Safety

Offices have been closed on and off for months. During that time, many companies have been re-evaluating their physical space. How much do they need? Will employees return or stay remote? However, while many businesses have had time to plan their eventual return, some never went home.

Warehouses and manufacturers have not been able to shut their doors. Online shopping has boomed during the quarantine and these organisations have stayed hard at work to meet the demand. Remaining on-site means that any new warehouse health and safety protocols, to protect against the virus and encourage social distancing have had to be implemented on the fly.

“We can’t be quiet about safety nowadays—and that’s what’s great about Density, it’s visual and makes it immediately clear for our workers. After installing Safe Displays throughout spaces in our warehouse, we’ve decreased the number of social interactions within 6 feet by 10x.”

These companies employ tens of thousands of people in warehouses. Ensuring employee health and safety while boosting productivity is a balancing act, and companies are looking for practical solutions. Recommendations from OSHA and the CDC offer various ways manufacturers can prepare their space to accommodate COVID-safety practices.

For example, warehouses should encourage employees to avoid using the same equipment as their co-workers. They suggest additional cleaning procedures to disinfect communal areas and high-touch surfaces like door handles, push plates, buckets, and machinery. Companies should also consider staggering employee scheduling to limit daily occupancy and provide facilities teams ample time to clean between shifts. 

Sensors to make warehouses safe
People counting sensors can support safety in warehouses

How Density Can Help Manage Warehouse Health & Safety

To learn more, we spoke with Density customers about their experience preparing warehouse health and safety for COVID-compliance. What we found is that managers are looking for ways to protect employees and streamline production.

In order to do both and keep up with increased manufacturing demand, Density customers need to validate their strategies with reliable usage data. Density’s occupancy platform helps them monitor real-time busyness throughout facilities, target hotspots that require additional service, plan and enforce safe footpaths that limit employee overlap, and identify when restrooms and break areas have been frequented and need cleaning.

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