WORKSTATIONS AND STORAGE: THE BASIS OF EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS
Workstations and storage solutions aid the correct and proper operation of all work processes - whether in production, fabrication, assembly, logistics or office work. Aside from functional considerations, safety is an equally important aspect of workstations and storage solutions. Also, an ergonomic working environment protects employees’ health. All these aspects are also integral to the occupational health and safety that companies must ensure for their employees.
Workstations and storage solutions are needed in many areas, including workshops, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, the factory floor, warehouses, laboratories, offices, schools and social welfare facilities.
They include, for example:
• Writing desks and swivel work chairs • Storage racking • Workbenches and assembly workstations • Tool cabinets • Solutions for storing and transporting tools.
WHAT POINTS DO I NEED TO CONSIDER WITH REGARD TO WORKSTATIONS AND STORAGE SOLUTIONS?
In addition to the actual operational requirements, an ergonomic working environment and efficient organisation of workflows play a decisive role.
Ergonomics as part of occupational health and safety
Since your employees spend a lot of time at their work place, ergonomic design is very important. The design of the work place and the working environment is an essential element of occupational health and safety. Ergonomic workstations and storage solutions are optimally adapted to the employees and their working conditions. They improve work processes, improve performance and protect health. In particular, employee absenteeism due to sickness can be lastingly reduced by using the right resources. Implementing the right measures results in healthier employees, and consequently lower costs.
Organisation for optimal workflows
Designing work processes efficiently is the ideal foundation for high productivity and quality. Two methods have proved successful in achieving efficiency of workstations and storage solutions: the 5S methodology and the 6S methodology. They help to establish standardised work organisation and avoid long transport routes, waiting times and unnecessary searching for tools or materials.
The letter S stands for the following terms: 1. Set in order 2. Sort 3. Shine 4. Standardize 5. Sustain 6. Safety
HOW DO I PLAN MY WORKSTATIONS AND STORAGE SOLUTIONS?
Efficient workstations and storage solutions require intensive planning. In addition to the type of premises being fitted out, the internal work processes play an important role. The workstations and storage solutions should provide optimum support to those processes.
A warehouse, for example, requires different facilities to that in an office or factory. The warehouse facilities have to ensure efficient logistics and economical working in the handling of incoming and outgoing goods. In an office, desks, ergonomically designed chairs, and filing cabinets are the most important elements. Light industrial and factory facilities, on the other hand, use workbenches, workshop cabinets and roller cabinets.
A needs analysis is conducted on-site in order to identify the exact requirements. The necessary equipment can be selected and planned on that basis. Our team of expert consultants will be glad to help you do this.
Efficient workstation and storage equipment comprises the following elements: