How pests can impact warehouses and hurt efficiency?
Here are some of the ways:
Pest infestations can disrupt warehouse operations and divert employees’ attention away from their job duties. In addition to being a distraction, pests can require warehouse workers and managers to drop what they are doing to deal with the problem. You can help avoid pest-related interruptions in warehouse schedules and efficiency with proper pest management techniques.
Many pests can cause damage to your warehouse’s stored products, structures and equipment. Termites, for example, will readily attack cardboard packaging materials and can damage enclosed products or render the contents unusable. They can also damage wood in the structure. Rodents can feed on warehoused products or build nest in packaging, ultimately showing up at the customer’s facility. They can also damage the structure, including wiring in the building and/or equipment. Birds and wildlife can contaminate and adulterate stored products and packaging, making it unacceptable to the customer as well as cause damage to the interior and exterior of the building. Pest damage can cause product loss, customer relations issues as well as time consuming and costly repairs.
Compromised Products and Packaging
Cockroaches, rodents, flies and stored product pests can damage packaging and products. The damage can come from gnawing, the spread of bacteria and unsanitary droppings that some pests leave behind.
Lower Employee Morale
Pests in any workplace can create an undesirable working environment, and warehouses are no exception. Encountering cockroaches, rodents, flies or mosquitoes or having birds swooping down while you try to work can be unpleasant for your employees and in some cases could even be a safety hazard, as employees are startled and react to unexpected pest sightings.
In addition to being unsightly and unpleasant, some pests can actually compromise safety in warehouses. For example, birds can leave behind droppings that may create slip-and-fall dangers and stinging pests can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Cockroaches can spread bacteria as well as trigger allergens and allergy symptoms. Stored product pests can leave behind eggs and larvae. The presence of pests can cost your warehouse employee downtime.
When pest problems take workers away from routine tasks or when pest damage requires repairs to be made to structures or equipment, warehouse operations can slow down. If your warehouse is subject to regulatory or audit requirements, pests may violate compliance standards. Even if you can avoid fines or shutdowns, you may have to spend valuable time bringing your warehouse back into compliance, which may slow operations, and in some cases cost you a major customer. In today’s high performance warehouse market, any reduction in productivity can have negative repercussions.
Harm to Reputation
When a warehouse has pest problems, word can spread to customers and to prospective employees. Even worse, pests can also spread to customers. Third party inspections by organizations, such as the American Institute of Baking, are part of life for many warehouse managers. The main purpose of these inspections is to assure the warehouse’s customer that the goods they are receiving are not infested with pests or contaminated/adulterated in any other way.
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