Jul 2021

Mezzanine Floor Safety Tips

Mezzanines are a great way to create some extra storage and floor space in your warehouse without having to relocate or take on a large renovation project. If you’re interested in creating some extra storage and want to hold this new space up to the highest safety requirements, Ware Safety can help. We install warehouse mezzanine floors Sydney-wide to create a safe and efficient storage solution for your business. Today we’ll be going over some safety factor tips to put in place on your new mezzanine floor zone.

Accessibility

Like any stairwell or storage space in a warehouse, it’s important to keep the area clear of any obstructions or clutter. If left in a walkway or stairway it can lead to more dangerous and harmful issues. For instance, if an employee is walking up the stairs with a handful of tools, or products and they can’t see the clutter on the stairs it could mean a fall and serious damage to the employee. 

Keeping floorspace clear is one of the easiest steps you can take in your warehouse, it doesn't cost anything but a keen eye to stay attentive and clear these spills or clutter. By keeping an organised work space, your employees can work more efficiently without having to worry about clearing things away in the middle of a task. Avoiding these accidents is as easy as training all employees to keep a watchful eye out on these stairs, or designating an individual as a safety officer to keep a watch over these easily preventable situations. 

Fall Protection

In meeting the safety standards for mezzanine and warehouse safety there must be safety railings across any exposed areas that could present as a fall risk. While these mezzanine floors may have areas that remain open to make moving products easier it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have any extra precautions in that specific area. 

Making sure the correct kind of guard rails are installed on every open and exposed side of your mezzanine floor is essential to protect your workers, inventory, and equipment from falls. These rails can be placed anywhere and mean that when needed they can be moved to transport stock down before being put back in place, requiring no changes to the designated storage spots of your products.  

Load Requirements

Every surface will have its weight requirement, this is especially relevant in warehouses that can store large and heavy products on a single small mezzanine floor. It’s crucial for your business, employees and products that you don’t exceed the weight limit for this floor. Don’t trust your own judgement, even if your mezzanine floor is one of the sturdiest it can still only take on so much weight. 

You should have appropriate signage and stated loads for your employees to be aware of on the mezzanine floor. This weight limit should include its weight limit, worker capacity, equipment weights and so on. To create a safe mezzanine storage space you and all your employees should be aware of the limits in place, to save the damage of your warehouse and more. 

At Ware Safety we offer a range of mezzanine floors and warehouse safety solutions to ensure your business can continue to thrive both in store and behind the scenes. To learn more, visit our website or contact one of our friendly staff today!