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As the world slowly tries returning to a new normal after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a focus has been placed on safety measures for existing buildings and businesses.

For a lot of businesses that play host to essential workers, the concept of the sanitation station has become increasingly popular in recent days. Many businesses that don’t directly serve the public (warehouses, offices, and the like) have begun setting up areas near the entrance of the business to help check workers for potential health issues and provide sanitation supplies to help get ready for the work day.

Many warehouses have already begun to require these stations, and with good reason, as they allow workers to disinfect themselves more thoroughly upon arrival at work. Here’s how to set one of these up for your warehouse to help your staff go about their day more safely and get ready for the workday a little faster, especially now in these times of increased caution about spreading germs and communicable illnesses.


Make a Sanitation Station at Your Warehouse Entrance

Find an easily-accessible location: The biggest focal point of any sanitation area needs to be finding the right location. It needs to be easily accessible by the entire team on their way into work, and can’t cause a lot of snags or traffic jams on the way into work. Find whatever your most-used or easiest-to-find entrance is, and plan the rest of your space using the layout of this entrance point.


Provide needed sanitation supplies: Depending on the nature of the work being done at your warehouse, make sure your workers have easy access to quick sanitation supplies as they enter the warehouse. As needed, provide things like:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Facemasks, either medical-grade or dust masks to provide facial covering
  • Shoe coverings

and other needed supplies, depending on the warehouse in question (food storage, general retail, etc).


Give your workers a place to keep their belongings: Your workers will probably have things they need to bring with them to work, such as a lunch, a jacket, their phone, and other personal effects. Near this sanitation area, set up industrial lockers for each worker to safely store their personal belongings without bringing them much farther into the warehouse, thus lessening the risk of potential germs being spread.


Enforce temperature checks: One of the easiest ways to check a worker for potential disease is with a quick handheld thermometer check. As able (relating to the level of potential infection in your area, and as required by state guidelines), make sure to provide temperature checks for all workers coming in, and use that as the basis for if someone is in any condition to work that day.


Prevent dirt from being tracked inside: If you aren’t able to provide shoe coverings for your team, make sure to require all shoes be wiped down (or, better yet, replaced with shoes for indoor wear) to prevent dirt and germs from being brought inside.


Keep all needed storage sterile: Above all else, when you provide these sanitary solutions before a worker can enter the warehouse, make sure to provide shelves that can resist germs like sterile plastic shelving or epoxy covered wire shelving to stop the spread of germs between shared supplies like hand sanitizer.

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