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You Might Have A Bad Warehouse If…It’s A Bit Too Flammable

By Kate Vitasek | 09/05/2011 | 5:00 AM

Here’s a short but really frightening bad warehouse item courtesy of Liz Lasater, CEO Red Arrow Logistics.




As I said, that is a really scary warehouse situation, basically a disaster waiting to happen. A little common sense and foresight is in order when it comes to equipment choices and overall facility safety. Warehouse owners and managers don’t necessarily have to pore over the WERC Best Practices Guide to discover that propane-powered forklifts inside of a flammable warehouse are a volatile and dangerous mix.

The bottom line is to know your equipment, the predominant mix of inventory types in the warehouse that the equipment will handle and to mix and match the operation for the safest possible result. Constant training and education on the proper use of equipment and the best way to move and store hazardous cargoes is vital.

The Guide says, “Establishing basic workplace conditions is an essential first step in creating a safe and productive warehouse environment.” Good housekeeping is a critical requirement for any best-in-class warehouse, the Guide adds.

Using propane forklifts in a flammable environment is not good or safe housekeeping!

I really love your feedback - and love your contributions to share those bad warehouse stories to help educate the profession on what NOT to do, and maybe what to do if you’re not doing it.

If you've got an example of a bad warehouse practice, send me your story and photo(s) to [email protected]. If I feature your example in one of my blogs, WERC will send you a free copy of the WERC Warehousing & Fulfillment Process Benchmark & Best Practices Guide (a $160 value).

Your submission can be anonymous if you like so you don't get your boss or company in trouble! I'll be collecting examples all year and the winner will receive a free WERC Warehouse Certification Assessment by Supply Chain Visions, a $10,000 value. The runner up will win a free conference registration to the WERC conference (a $1,375 value).”



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About Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek is a nationally recognized innovator in the practice of supply chain management. Vitasek is founder of Supply Chain Visions—a boutique consulting firm specializing in supply chain management. She is also a faculty member at the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education. A prolific writer, Vitasek has authored the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' best-selling mini-book series, Supply Chain Process Standards, and has contributed to other management books as well. Along with Karl Manrodt of Georgia Southern University, she co-leads WERC's popular annual benchmarking study.

About Steve Murray

Steve Murray

Steve Murray is a Principal Consultant and Chief of Research for Supply Chain Visions, a boutique consulting firm specializing in supply chain management. Prior to joining Supply Chain Visions he held a variety of functional and management roles in the distribution and manufacturing sectors, including 15 year managing an IT consulting firm. Steve has been instrumental in development of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional's "Supply Chain Management Process Standards", the Warehousing Education and Research Council's Warehousing & Fulfillment Process Benchmarking & Best Practice Guide" and the WERC "Warehouse Certification Program". He is lead auditor for the WERC's Certification Program.


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