T.W. Hicks, Inc. in Denton and San Antonio, Texas offer these helpful tips to protect your warehouse and your employees from freezing temperatures this winter!
If you’ve ever spent much time in a warehouse, you know they’re not necessarily the most insulated rooms you’ve ever been in. Typically, when it’s cold outside, it’s cold inside your warehouse and when it’s hot outside, it’s hot inside your warehouse. Not to mention, you often have to open and close overhead doors to load cargo in and out and outdoor elements can enter your warehouse in the process. Our warehouse flooring professionals at T.W. Hicks, Inc. in Denton and San Antonio, Texas are here to provide some helpful tips to protect your warehouse and your employees from freezing temperatures!
Of course, freezing temperatures can cause more damage than just temporary discomfort. We know that elements like the cold, snow and wind can cause damage to your dock equipment, warehouse inventory and company employees. Equipment can freeze up and not operate as it should and employees can get bogged down from the winter weather. Here are some simple tips from your commercial flooring experts at T.W. Hicks, Inc. to keep your warehouse and your employees safe during the winter months:
- Prepare Your Equipment: if you know that freezing temperatures and bitter winter weather are on its way, prepare your equipment by covering all metal bars and handles with thermal insulating material.
- Employee Education: ensure your employees are up-to-date on proper mechanical clothing even in winter weather in order to carry out safe work practices.
- Clothing in Layers: employees will do well to clothe in layers, giving them the protection they need and the opportunity to remove layers if necessary. Outer layers should be thickest to provide insulation while inner layers should be made of materials such as polypropylene to repel moisture away from the skin. Moreover, 50% of your body heat is released through the head; a wool liner under a hardhat would serve your employees best.
- Take Breaks: ensure your employees have heated break rooms to retreat from the freezing temperatures; especially when they’re working up a sweat and are at risk of frostbite or hypothermia.
These helpful tips will go a long way to protect your warehouse and your employees from freezing temperatures. Contact our team at T.W. Hicks, Inc. in Texas with any questions you might have!