How Warehouses Can Keep Their Employees Safe

As many states begin loosening stay-at-home orders, employees are going to be able to start returning to work. And while that is an exciting prospect for many companies, this does not mean that they are returning to business as usual. We are still living in a socially distant world, and that holds true in the office. Here are some ways companies in the manufacturing, industrial and distribution industries can stay safe.

Immediate, short-term solutions:

Employee Separation Panels: 





It may not always be possible for employees to remain the CDC recommended 6-ft apart from each other. Employee separation panels provide the safety necessary for employees to work closer than 6-ft while staying safe.






While it seems obvious, posting proper signage around your facility will make sure that safety stays top of mind for your employees. Reminders to wash hands, markers on the ground 6ft apart, and reminders to minimize interaction are all great uses of signage in a warehouse.

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Long-term investments:

Robotic Palletizing:

Robotic palletizers require little to no human intervention to prepare pallets for shipment. Robots eliminate the need for, and risk of, employees manually stacking products. This simple change to automation keeps employees away from each other, keeps employees safe, and guarantees consistent, quality output.  The return on investment for a robotic palletizer is easily justified – many companies realize an ROI within a year.

Vertical Lift Modules:

Vertical lift modules, or VLM’s, bring automation to storage. Optimizing the operators time by delivering the item they need, when they need it helps to boost productivity by over 200%. By design, VLM’s can help keep employees safe by limiting the amount of human interaction. VLM’s deliver stored items to the operator eliminating the need for them to walk through and look for items they need. If you are looking for more information on VLM’s you can find it here.

RMH Systems is a full-service industrial automation integrator. If you are looking to improve your processes and keep your employees safe, we want to hear from you. You can fill out a contact us form here, give us a call at 800.851.4995 or you can sign up for a FREE Automation Consultation here.


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