Warehouse design – the importance of air quality in warehouses
31 January 2017
During the design of warehouses, optimisation of space is often prioritised as the key requirement. Warehouses are often viewed as large sheds for holding goods, with little consideration given to the air quality needed within and what mechanical ventilation is required to provide this clean air.
So, how can air quality be compromised within the warehouse facility? In warehouse facilities, air pollutants can be generated from both internal and external sources:
External sources: when there is little to no mechanical ventilation in place in a warehouse, there is often a requirement for natural ventilation in the facility. External sources such as exhausts from vehicles, pollution from manufacturing plants or even dust from local quarries or beaches can often be carried into the facility through natural ventilation.
Internal sources: in warehouse facilities, many pollutants are generated by general operations of the facility. From exhaust from delivery trucks infiltrating the facility to the fumes generated from lifting equipment, there are many sources that can generate particles that can affect the operation of the facility
Poor air quality can affect a warehouse operation in three different areas:
- Warehouse processes
In warehouse facilities, automated picking lines are becoming the norm. These often involve scanning systems that help sort products, while also inputting the information into their inventory management system. Dust particles build up not only on the automated scanning machines (which hinders the automated scanning process), but also builds up on the inventory packaging.
- Product quality
Key to any warehouse facilities operation is ensuring that products are dispatched to as high a standard as possible. Poor air quality can lead to a build-up of dust particles on boxes and products, which can lead to a return of goods and a poor company image.
- Employee health and welfare
Poor air quality can often affect employee health and lead to high rates of absenteeism. With lower workforce numbers, shipping can be delayed as the man power needed is no longer available
With little to no mechanical ventilation in warehouses, what solutions are available? With mechanical ventilation often too expensive to install, and with only certain areas of the warehouse affected by poor air-quality issues, the quickest and easiest solution for these problems are industrial air cleaners.
Industrial air cleaners can be used in various locations in a warehouse to help protect the operation of your facility. Air cleaners not only take away the pollutants from the indoor environment, but they also distribute clean air around the facility.
The video below highlights how air cleaners are used in warehouses around the world and how they can solve the problems that have been highlighted.
Camfil air cleaners utilise the highest standard of air filters on the market. All of its HEPA filters are tested and certified to European standard EN1822:2009, ensuring that the air distributed around warehouse environments is of the highest standard.
In terms of flexibility, Camfil Air Cleaners can be modified to be either used as a plug-and-play unit positioned on the warehouse floor or, depending on space requirements, suspended from the warehouse ceiling for better air distribution. Click here for more information on Camfil’s warehouse and logistics air cleaners.
The company can provide global examples of its work. Camfil Air Cleaners is used with great success in warehouses around the world.
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