How Warehouse Ventilation Improves Productivity

Productivity suffers when temperature, humidity, air quality, and ventilation problems occur at your warehouse. Employees become ill, and they take longer to complete projects. Sometimes, the problem can be fixed by simple fixes like closing cabinet doors or installing exhaust fans. However, when the problem is more severe, like poor air quality, disposable approach isn’t the best route. 

Warehouses are not only the largest industrial buildings but also some of the most hazardous environments one can be in. Typically, they house dangerous and flammable materials, making them one of the most dangerous buildings that a worker can walk into. Luckily, there are certain precautions you can take to avoid injuries. One way to protect your workers is proper warehouse ventilation. This blog will go over how proper ventilation will keep your warehouse a safer place for your workers.

Remove hot air during the day.

Warehouses often require the most ventilation out of any commercial business, and the typical exhaust or attic mounted fans don’t provide enough ventilation to keep employees safe. Employers can use the heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system to have adjustable and controllable temperature-controlled airflow. With the addition of ducts and fans, air distribution is greatly improved, maximizing the airflow and efficiency of the facility.

Turn off the source of the heat.

The leading cause of worker deaths from heat-related injuries is failing to maintain or install equipment designed to keep workers safe properly. In fact, according to OSHA, portable heaters are the leading cause of worker deaths from heat stress. This includes malfunctioning or improperly installed ceiling or wall fans, exhaust fans, heat-producing equipment, and space heaters. The best way to address these hazards is by starting with a hazard assessment. That’s why all the heat sources should be turned off in your workplace. 

Take advantage of the cool air at night.

Warehouse ventilation is a hot topic these days. When it’s hot outside, cooler temperatures in the work area can be a welcome relief. And when the weather starts to cool down, you can experience energy loss (and productivity loss) if your warehouse ventilation isn’t up to snuff. So, what can you do to keep your warehouse cool and comfortable without increasing energy costs? The answer is simple: take advantage of the cool air at night.

Invest in insulation

Like any other business, a warehouse must invest in its employees by hiring and training them. Investing in employees includes providing them with a comfortable working space, a clean and safe environment, as well as amenities that help them perform their job more efficiently.

Install destratification fans

Destratification fans use fans to circulate cool air in areas that are too hot for workers. Warehouses especially benefit from destratification fans since they help keep workers comfortable in the hot summer heat. But how do destratification fans work? There are three main fan types commonly used in warehouses: centrifugal, axial, and propeller. The wheel-type fans tend to be inexpensive, but they work best when airflow is uniform throughout a large area. The centrifugal fan, also known as a blower fan, offers the highest airflow, but it tends to be the most expensive. The propeller fan provides even airflow, but it’s the newest fan type on the market.

Control humidity

When we talk about warehouse ventilation, it’s not like we’re talking about bringing in cool air from the outside—it’s about controlling humidity because it affects productivity. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 40 to 60 percent of workers report daytime sleepiness. And research indicates that poor air quality, including temperature and humidity, may be linked to job strain and job dissatisfaction in employees, as well as increased illness.

Deal with fumes

Warehouses and many different facilities and businesses use fume hoods to reduce workplace exposure to harmful substances. These hoods can take many forms, including freestanding and wall-mounted hoods or hoods built into laboratory benches. The airflow capacity of a fume hood is determined based on the type of chemicals used, the airflow rate, and the air quality inside the hood. The air quality inside the hood is critical for correct operation and is usually maintained through a continuous supply of fresh, filtered air.

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