Dust accumulation is very common in warehouse spaces and manufacturing plants. There are many reasons for it, like the inflow of dust from outdoors, exhaust from combustion engines, small pieces from wooden and cardboard boxes and the general manufacturing processes.

Usually, dust doesn’t pose any significant threat to anyone, however a lack of routine cleaning and maintenance can pose a risk to people who work there. Intense Dust accumulation presents a fire hazard and impacts hygiene especially in food processing, packaging and storage.

Negative Impact of Dust

On Staff
Dust accumulation over time can cause health issues such as skin and eye irritation, and respiratory issues. If the warehouse worker has pre-existing respiratory illnesses like allergies and asthma, it can cause further complications. Dust accumulation also comes with a risk of falls at the workplace.

On Equipment
As the dust starts building on the warehouse equipment, it affects the efficiency of the equipment, in turn raising maintenance costs, and increased downtime. Moving things around the facility gets difficult with dust build-up. Internal components of warehouse equipment suffer, such as air filters, moving parts of machinery or electric panels.

Potential Risks from Dust Buildup
Adverse events such as a combustive dust explosion can occur if dust accumulates for extended periods. For example, suppose the dust comes in close contact with an ignition source it may cause an explosion.

At BlueLine, we ensure that our warehousing facilities are well maintained with excellent housekeeping practices to avoid any hazards.

Ensure warehouse safety by following the below-mentioned tips:

Prevent dust from entering the warehouse
The first step towards a clean and safe warehouse is to stop the dust from entering your warehouse facility from the outside. You can decrease the dirt influx by keeping air lock zones across the warehouse with the help of high-speed doors, automated dock doors, warehouse strip doors, and more. Maintaining warehouse temperature is crucial, and you can do it with the help of temperature control doors. Build air doors on various warehouse entrances to keep the dust and fleas away.

Regular cleaning activities
Regularly check for dust and clean the surfaces with water and microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth can clean even the smallest dust particle leaving the surface dust-free. Use a special detergent or cleaning solution to clean the equipment across the warehouse.

Some cleaning solutions help your equipment to be dust-free for a while. You can schedule periodical cleaning of machinery to ensure that your equipment is kept safe from any significant failures.

An effective ventilation system
A good ventilation system is the best way to have the air flowing through the warehouse facility. A ventilation fan, when turned on, sucks the small dust particles towards itself and these fans have a duct on the other end to collect all the dust. The dust duct can be safely emptied to dispose the dust accumulated over time.

Analyse the movement of materials
Analysing the flow of goods across the warehouse facility will help reduce the distance they have to travel on the warehouse surface. For example, if you have goods that are shipped frequently, they can be placed closer to the dispatch area than the goods with late shipping.

If you have goods containing food, it can be placed farther away from the dispatch area so that it doesn’t come in contact with the dust and pollution coming from the vehicle exhausts and more especially if the goods contain fresh produce. We hope the above information will help you keep your warehouse spaces clean and safe. If you are searching for affordable warehouse spaces with custom plans for your business, Blueline Warehousing and Logistics is the place for you. We have a wide range of warehousing services that help simplify your business operations. Contact us to know more.