Managing warehouse operations and logistics facilities is a constant challenge. Between managing labor forces, meeting customer demands and tracking inventory, there is no shortage of things to do. The last thing you want to have to worry about is whether your facility is clean and safe. This is why many warehouses and logistics facilities contract with facilities management and commercial janitorial service providers.
Warehouse and Distribution Areas
Most warehouses, logistics facilities and fulfillment centers get dirty quickly because they are hubs of activity. Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate, create hazards, and slow down your operation. Most workplace accidents in warehouse and logistics facilities occur in the main warehouse areas.
Benefits of Using Commercial Janitorial Service for Your Warehouse or Logistics Facility
Besides getting a professional cleaning of your warehouse or logistics facility, using commercial janitorial services can help make your facility safer and cleaner. These are some of the ways.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips, and falls are second only to transportation accidents when it comes to fatal work and non-fatal work injuries. One of the keys to providing a safe working environment is to properly care for warehouse floors. This requires special equipment and trained technicians.
Caring for your warehouse or logistics floors is important because people constantly walk on them and they are in constant contact with forklifts, robots, and other equipment. Commercial floor cleaning helps preserve your floors to better withstand the pressure from heavy machinery and constant foot traffic.
Other Work Areas
Commercial janitorial services include cleaning other work areas that keep your facility running including offices, restrooms, breakrooms, lunchrooms and locker areas. Warehouse offices are cleaned as well as floors and hallways. Trash is emptied and litter removed. Depending on your service plan, you may also request additional cleaning for high-touch areas as well as disinfection and infection control services.
Restrooms, lunchrooms, and locker rooms require thorough cleaning because they are high-traffic areas. Common areas should be cleaned and disinfected regularly for the health of your warehouse and logistics facility employees.
One of the biggest advantages of hiring a commercial janitorial service is cost savings. In fact, the International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA) estimates that in-house janitorial costs 40 cents more per square foot than outsourced teams.
By outsourcing cleaning services, you do not need to recruit, train, and retain staff. Instead of paying wages, benefits, and insurance, you can work with a commercial janitorial service that handles all that. You also do not need to worry that someone will not show up for work or quit without notice.
Using a commercial janitorial service will also extend the life of your facility. Floors have to be replaced less frequently. Storage racks, work surfaces, equipment, and desks all have a longer life. You may also save on industrial cleaning equipment because most commercial janitorial services supply their own equipment and products and train their employees on proper use.
Training is essential for technicians who clean industrial facilities. If you are handling janitorial in-house, it can be difficult and expensive to maintain the certifications and training requirements for your staff. Any commercial janitorial service you choose to work with should be trained and certified on workplace safety and best practices, including:
- OSHA Workplace Safety
- Chemical and Product Handling
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
- State and local health regulations
They should also be trained in the proper application of EPA-approved antimicrobial disinfectants.
Improved Worker Productivity
When you engage a commercial janitorial service, you get better-quality cleaning and a healthier work environment. This helps cut down on employee illnesses and accidents. Since companies lose $60 billion in productivity due to absenteeism and more than $150 billion in lost productivity costs, keeping your warehouse facility safe and clean is imperative.
Using commercial janitorial services keeps your employees focused on the job rather than spending time wiping down workspaces or cleaning floors. Also, all commercial janitorial services have the equipment or expertise to handle the job, and your employees may not.
Improved Employee Retention
The Coronavirus pandemic has focused employee attention on infection control in the workplace as outbreaks at some warehouse facilities have caused massive logistics and supply chain problems. A clean and healthy facility can help prevent outbreaks and help reduce employee turnover.
Reduced Facility Downtime
You will also lower downtime for work areas. Commercial janitorial services are trained to make the cleaning process go more quickly and have the right equipment to do the job. For 24/7 facilities, any downtime is an issue. So, using commercial janitorial services is the fastest way to get consistent, high-quality cleaning.
OpenWorks: The Best Commercial Janitorial Service
OpenWorks’ elite network of service providers is comprised of professional technicians that are experienced in the unique demands of cleaning industrial workplaces. With more than 35 years of experience, OpenWorks providers can create a customized cleaning plan for your warehouse or logistics facility.