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Something as simple as keeping the floors of your dock, warehouse, or other facility clear of clutter, dirt, and debris not only makes your business safer by reducing the risk of slip and fall accidents, but creates a mindset among employees that they should genuinely care about their work conditions.
Sweeping, cleaning, and clearing floors of debris shouldn’t be a once in a while thing. It should be something that is done every day without exception — at lease once, if not several times daily.
The Low-Tech Approach
You don’t have to spend a fortune on elaborate equipment to keep your floor surfaces clean, especially if you don’t have a large area to maintain.
There’s nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned broom and dustpan combination to get the job done. Brooms come in a variety of sizes and styles, including straw brooms, brush brooms, and wide-surface brooms for cleaning larger swaths of surface area at the same time.
In fact, keeping an ample supply of brooms and dustpans readily available can actually encourage workers to clear away debris when there is nothing else going on. Brooms and dustpans are one of the most affordable warehouse supplies you can buy. And once you get your employees in the habit of using them regularly, they can
Brooms and dustpans are one of the most affordable warehouse supplies you can buy. And once you get your employees in the habit of using them regularly, they can save you even more money in terms of risk reduction.
Manual Brush Sweepers
A slightly more technologically advanced tool is the manual brush sweeper. This is a non-powered tool that can be pushed over surface areas to pick up dirt and debris.
Moving up the ladder are electric sweepers that do the same job automatically. Some plug into the wall while others are battery-powered.
Sweeper Forklift Attachments
For cleaning larger areas, sweeper attachments for forklifts are an ideal solution. These attachments fit onto the forks of your lift truck, gliding along the floor surface picking up dirt, debris, and loose objects as they go.
Sweeper forklift attachments save time, cleaning thousands of square feet of floor space in just a few minutes.
In addition to being time efficient, sweeper forklift attachments also save money in terms of labor costs. A single operator can clean the floor of your entire facility, compared to multiple sanitation engineers working for hours to do the same job.