How You Can Protect Your Warehouse from Operational Hazards

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We’ve talked about keeping an eye out on four security risks that your storage facility is exposed to in an earlier blog. This week, let’s zoom into the operational hazards that your building faces every day and how you can minimise their effect or better yet eliminate them altogether. Forklift Damage This is a common cause for worry due to the size and motorised features of this industrial vehicle. Occasional bumps, accidental punctures, and mechanical hitches may compromise the condition of various items being handled and some of the structures inside your warehouse. To prevent these things from happening, have a traffic management plan and assign key staff to go over traffic management checklists regularly. Based on this plan, furnish signs and marks that help alert workers on the ground and also aid the forklift operator in maneuvering the vehicle efficiently. Also, make sure that everyone is in proper safety gear and that the operators are properly trained to handle such a machine. You can also install column guards and post protectors in your building interiors so that any accidental bump will not damage support structures. In addition, make sure that the forklift itself is suitable for your warehouse and the type of inventory it contains. The size must be proportionate to the lanes and its load capacity should be compatible with your daily operational requirements. The vehicle should also be regularly checked and maintained. Physical Injuries Proper training will help your employees avoid developing back or joint pain, as well as keep themselves from slipping, tripping, or falling. See to it that you conduct safety orientations for all...

Integration of Security Services and Its Growing Popularity and Use

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In the last decade, there have been a number of corporate acquisitions and mergers resulting in the expansion and enhancement of security products and their service offerings. Cisco is a most recent example. The networking giant just bought Sourcefire, a network security solutions provider, in a bid to “add better intrusion prevention systems, firewalls, and malware protection to Cisco’s mix,” according to a statement provided to CNN. The company did not balk at spending over $2 billion in this acquisition, emphasizing the importance of protecting data. “The notion of the ‘perimeter’ no longer exists and today’s sophisticated threats are able to circumvent traditional, disparate security products. Organisations require continuous and pervasive advanced threat protection that addresses each phase of the attack continuum,” cited Cisco Security Group head Christopher Young. Meanwhile, one of Canada’s largest cable services provider, Eastlink, has included home security to its menu of services. “We consider home security a natural extension of the integrated services we currently offer and another step towards achieving the fully connected household,” said Deborah Shaffner, COO and President of the company. In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that McDonald’s stores are being equipped with an innovative commercial security system that sprays burglars with synthetic DNA, which has a tracer that is only visible under UV light, as well as a “unique DNA code” that links the robbers to the crime scene. You may also have heard of security that allows one to view or manage the establishment being monitored via a smartphone or a tablet PC. These are just some of the consequences of the efforts to integrate various security...

Four Security Risks You Should Protect Your Warehouse From

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A headline from The Daily Telegraph published at the beginning of the winter season reads: “Wild weather blamed for warehouse roof collapse in Western Sydney” Fortunately, nobody was harmed by this incident, which was said to be “caused by the wet weather overnight.” This kind of situation could happen to a warehouse in Melbourne, a State that’s no stranger to adverse weather disturbances. If you own a storage facility as well, you should protect your commercial building from risk in order to reduce losses and keep your business profitable. To combat the effects of environmental disturbances, it pays to reinforce your building’s structure and to perform regular maintenance so that your premises holds up well against the elements. Investing in commercial security will also help keep your business afloat and prevent other risks such as the following: Fire This can be caused by a number of things. It can be an electrical short, combustion of flammable products or substances, or warehouse staff negligence – factors that can be managed. In an earlier blog, we spoke of preventing house fires by doing regular checks of heaters and chimneys – components that produce heat. You can apply the same practice in your own warehouse, with a few adaptations. You should ensure that the interiors are well ventilated and that all machinery and equipment is regularly checked. In addition, you should prohibit your employees from smoking on the premises and help enhance their knowledge and practice of fire safety. You can install signs at strategic locations for this purpose. Operational Errors It’s possible that some of your inventory may be damaged due...

The Productivity Benefits of CCTV

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CCTV Encourages your workers to conduct themselves professionally CCTV is a great way to improve employee’s productivity, increase safety and maintain that they are behaving appropriately.   CCTV Systems are a very effective deterrent against inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.  Having CCTV cameras visible throughout the premises will make your employees and visitors feel safer and will remind them that they must behave appropriately. CCTV is an effective deterrent against workplace bullying Workplace bullying is a serious threat to worker health, safety and their productivity.  If left unchecked it can lead to reduced profitability, high absenteeism, low morale and high staff turnover – luckily CCTV can help.  With a CCTV system monitoring employees, they will feel more secure knowing that if an incident where to occur, it would be recorded and the perpetrators would be dealt with. How can workplace bulling risks be minimized with CCTV? With a CCTV system in place in our premises, you can use a four stage process to minimize the risks of workplace bullying. Identify inappropriate behaviours – Establish whether workplace bullying exists in your workplace or if there is a potential for it to occur, listen to your employees closely and monitor CCTV footage Assess the risks – Consult those affected by workplace bullying and determine how it originated, watch CCTV recordings to confirm suspicions. 3.     Take action to minimize risk and resolve issues– Develop and implement strategies to minimize and control the risks, implement them and monitor the results via CCTV Evaluate and review that the problem is addressed – Evaluate the strategies and plans that have been implemented to deter and resolve...