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In light of the COVID situation, it’s important for individuals and businesses who have garage shelving or industrial shelving configurations to take steps to minimise the spread and ensure their own personal safety. ‘How much of a link can there really be here’ you ask – but good on you for asking!
No matter what industry you’re in, COVID has changed the way we interact with people. It’s important to be aware of our surroundings and the people we come into contact with, as this is the key to working successfully in a COVID-compromised work environment.
Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to ensure that your garage shelving or industrial shelving units are kept safe and secure, which will also mean that your personal health and that of your coworkers is taken care of too.
Do you work in an environment with other people? Are other people aside form yourself accessing your business’industrial shelving units and the materials stored in/on them on a regular basis? If so, then you have just identified an easy way for bacteria and viruses to spread. Any communal or commonly used items and materials should be correctly labelled and located separately from more specialised items that fewer people might need. Further, if your industrial shelving has a clearly marked location for storing PPE and sanitation equipment, then this will make it easy for you and your coworkers to locate the materials you need to protect yourselves at work – so look at your labelling situation!
For those with smaller units such as garage shelving, it is easier to keep a track of who is using what and who is coming into contact with your storage space. If you or your coworkers have more contact with other people, including customers, than yourself, then start identifying the materials and items they regularly use or need that are located in your garage shelving or industrial shelving units. Re-arranging your shelving units to make it easy for those people who have more regular contact with others will go a long way towards minimising any bacteria or viruses that may have sneakily been transferred into your workspace on an unprotected surface –and it’s far easier to clean and deal with one portion of a compromised workspace than the whole workspace itself!
Bacteria and viruses such as COVID can survive for long periods of time on different surfaces – but this time varies depending on the surface. So, one way to minimise the exposure your garage shelving or industrial shelving units might have to any unwanted microbial passengers is to look at re-ordering your stored materials in order of what they’re made of – can you separate the wooden items from those made from metal? Do you have large amounts of fabrics stored than can be grouped together and shifted away from other materials? Consider that sensationalising and re-ordering your industrial shelving units will go a long way towards protecting your workspace and coworkers, but might also have the additional effect of making it easier to find the things you’re looking for, when you need them.
These are just a few ideas that you might be able to implement as the owner or user of garage shelving or industrial shelving units! Being careful and aware of the situation will make a massive difference – and for all your industrial shelving and garage shelving needs, contact us at SkyTeck!
We’d be happy to talk you through your options and show you how we can help safeguard your workspace.
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