Checklists For Good Warehousing Practices

November 16th, 2012

In every organization, a warehouse is an important asset for the stock inventory storing. Therefore a good warehouse practices is necessary and important to be followed everyday in the daily operation.

The best practices to maintain a good warehouse would be as follow:-

  • Pick up wrap, boards, paper, and debris. “Clean as you go.”
  • Keep dock doors closed and latched when not in use.
  • Keep off perimeter, including trashcans.
  • Never set food cases on the floor.
  • Record inbound product temperatures and reefer setting.
  • Remember the “Danger Zone” for “high-risk” foods.
  • No food, drink, gum, or tobacco products in the Warehouse.
  • Report all spills or damaged traps or cases immediately.
  • No personal food in our coolers/freezer.
  • No food in trash cans. Debris only.
  • Inspect empty pallets for rodent or insect activity or odors.
  • Sweep out and inspect trailers before loading. Fill out “Trailer Inspection Program” form completely.
  • Segregate foods from non-foods.
  • Take meals in break room, lunchroom, or outside the building.
  • Never sit or walk on freight.
  • Keep dumpster lids closed when not loading.
  • No food or drink in lockers.
  • Use a Slip Sheet on damages and returns. Fill out “Incoming damages and Overages” report.
  • Keep cooler/freezer doors closed at all times.
  • Traps should be flush against the wall.
  • Report any rodent, bird, or insect activity to a Supervisor or member of the Food Safety Team.
  • Fill out Trailer Inspection Sheet on Outgoing Loads.
  • Keep 14” between every two rows for inspection and cleaning.
  • Report damaged racks, guardrails, and cooler doors.
  • Adequate free air circulation all around the load is essential during refrigerated/frozen transportation.
  • Personal items and effects are to be kept in designated areas.
  • Inspect all incoming freight for spillage, especially bagged product.
  • Where seals are present on incoming loads, the seal number should be checked against the seal number on the bill of lading to ensure that the two match.
  • No glass containers inside the warehouse.