Warehouses and Climate Control: Protecting Your Staff
As a nation so accustomed to fluctuations in weather, it is particularly important that properties are equipped with adequate systems for regulating temperature and climate.
Within this blog we focus on warehouses in particular, outlining why climate regulation is so important to not only the comfort of your employees, but also for their productivity, health and safety.
People are naturally designed to maintain a temperature of around 37 degrees celsius and, faced with a rise in this temperature, we produce sweat and moisture, designed to cool the body through evaporation. However, without sufficient air flow to simulate the breeze that makes sweating such an effective cooling method, people can actually find the climate becomes more humid, which in a warehouse environment greatly increases the chances of dizziness, nausea, fatigue and muscle cramps - none of which are particularly safe for staff who are in close proximity to automatic equipment.
The temperature inside warehouses is proven to actually have an effect on the productivity of employees. Namely, studies show that high temperatures affect mental alertness, making staff more liable to errors and injury. Other than an increased propensity for succumbing to hazards, an unnaturally high temperature in a warehouse affects the ability to perform: there is a correlation between performance dips and the extent to which the temperature exceeds 25 degrees celsius. Protect your staff, regulate the temperature.
In addition to investing in a climate control system that effectively regulates both humidity and temperature, we offer additional advice for creating a safe and comfortable work environment for your staff:
Provide water fountains or other such means of hydrating your staff
Tint windows and paint the roof a light colour: this actually will help regulate temperature
Provide a designated break area for employees to cool down, eat meals and rehydrate
Ensure that your climate control solution prioritises the cooling of heavy equipment, keeping both the machinery and operators cool and performing at optimum levels
Remember, as is covered within our blog oncooling server rooms, the onus is on you to regulate the temperature to such a degree that you do not neglect the equipment within the warehouse.
Fortunately, with the exception of food-processing factories and the like, the majority of warehouses are armed with equipment that doesn’t require the level of cooling required for servers and storage systems.
This ensures that, generally, speaking, you can use the requisite climate control systems to strike the happy medium between maintaining your equipment and stock, and ensuring your employees are happy, safe and productive. This doesn't necessarily have to be an on-going monetary cost either - whilst fixed solutions are often the most financially sensible option for warehouses and factories, sometimes the unique demands of your property and the unpredictable fluctuations in weather can mean that temporary and portable solutions are the more effective alternatives.
Though we’re sure you are now aware of just how important it is to invest in the right cooling and heating systems for your warehouse and the workplace environment in general, you might not be quite as sure of the exact amount of cooling you need to optimise your warehouse or factory.
That is why we have created a handy calculator tool, designed to guide you toward making the right investment in the right solution for you.
To access our cooling calculator, click the button below.