Heat Safety Tips for Your Material Handling and Warehousing Operation

Summer Heat

The hot summer months are upon us. With increased heat and humidity workers become more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Workers who are not accustomed to working in the heat can quickly become ill and experience heat stroke, which can lead to serious illness and even death. There are a few things to keep in mind about heat-related illness and what you can do to help prevent it in your workers.

Educate
Train your employees about the dangers of heat-related illnesses. OSHA has excellent training information and materials to help you relate this information to all of your employees who work in the heat.  Part of that training should be to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and to act upon them immediately. Never brush it off and continue working. The symptoms exist for a reason!

Makes Allowances
Understand that all employees are not equally able to resist the heat. Employees should be able to assess their own conditioning and how well they handle heat. Employees who are taking certain prescription medications or have certain chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, need to pay special attention to how they feel while working. Employees who are new to outdoor jobs are often most susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Try to ease them into the normal workload gradually, until you’re confident they are acclimated.

Improve Access to Hydration
Provide additional water stations during the hotter months, at more convenient locations, and encourage employees to drink water every 15 minutes or so, based on temperature. Never wait until you are thirsty to start re-hydrating.

Be More Shady
For employees working outdoors provide areas to escape the sun for their breaks. Some install series of smaller pop-up style protection, others will rent large more permanent tent-style protection for workers to get a short respite from the sun. Exposure to the sun increases body heat, heart rate, perspiration and likelyhood of heat exhaustion.

Give ’em a Break
Provide for more frequent breaks. In the long run employees will be more productive in the heat if they are getting proper rest to allow their bodies to cool down while also keeping themselves better hydrated during these breaks.
Air it Out
Proper ventilation and air movement inside your warehouse or material handling facility is very important in keeping the temperature at safe levels and your workers cool. Ceiling fans, screen doors for warehouse dock doors, and roof vents are great ways to keep your facility comfortable and more productive.

​Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.

  • Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
  • Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
  • Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
  • Monitor workers for signs of illness.

OSHA has provided a wealth of information to help you provide a safe atmosphere to deal with the summer heat. While OSHA does not have a standard pertaining to preventing heat illnesses, it is up to us to be sure we have done everything that we can to help our employees stay safe and avoid heat-related illnesses.

Well-trained and equipped employees are more productive employees. Keeping them safe from the heat during the summer months ensures better productivity for tomorrow and years beyond. But it is ultimately up to us as the employers to be sure our employees are prepared to understand and act accordingly to ensure their own safety.

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CLARK S-Series; Smart, Strong & Safe

Building on over 100 years of lift truck innovations, design and industry firsts. The evolution continues…. the CLARK S-Series, the next generation of lift trucks. The the S-Series line-up in our CLARK Forklifts Showroom.

Introducing the New CLARK S-Series Forklift

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Building on over 100 years of lift truck innovations, design and industry firsts. The evolution continues…. The CLARK S-Series, the next generation of lift trucks.
SMART
CLARK’s design standards have historically led the industry in innovation and firsts; the S-Series represents the next phase of lift truck design.

  • Interactive Dash
  • Built-in Reporting and Operator Performance via Optional Telemetry
  • Engine/Powertrain Protection
  • Integrated Systematic Service Tools
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STRONG
CLARK Trucks are “Built to Last”; from their industry designs to legacy dealers, their combined strengths ensure a strong performance to your bottom line with lower cost of ownership.

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CLARK makes your safety their priority. Safety has been a cornerstone of CLARK design standards for over 100 years. Their standards became the industry standards. The S-Series innovates again with standard features, including:

  • Automatically Applied Parking Brake
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All Lift Earns MHEDA MVP Status for Fourth Consecutive Year

MHEDA MVP 2018 - smCleveland, Ohio – All Lift Service Co. has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2018! This is the FOURTH consecutive year that All Lift has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA

(Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).   To be among the less than 7% of the association’s membership earning the award, All Lift successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship.

Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award.   As a 2018 MVP, All Lift has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism and good stewardship.

To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees and suppliers.  They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Customer Service & Safety Practices
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

“We are all very proud to receive this distinction from MHEDA for the fourth consecutive year” John L. Gelsimino, President All Lift Service Company. “It is a direct result of the hard work, planning and processes of all of our employees”Gelsimino added. Further, Gelsimino pointed out that earning MVP distinction for four consecutive years demonstrates a commitment to excellent customer service not seen in most material handling equipment distributors.

“MHEDA MVP winners represent the very best in dealership management,” said Buddy Smith, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and CEO of CMH Services in Columbia SC., Inc.  “These dealers have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business.”

All Lift Service Company, based in the eastern Cleveland area is a full-service material handling company featuring CLARK and Komatsu forklifts, service and parts for all makes and models of forklift, rentals and training. Learn more about All Lift at our website.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.