Warehouse and storage operations: Health and safety hazards and how you can avoid them

Helping you to store stock and manage your warehouse operations safely

Warehousing and storage activities present various hazards and risks if not managed correctly. We have installed a wide range of temporary warehouse buildings and have seen first hand how safe and efficient warehouse and storage operations can play a vital role in ensuring health and safety compliance and operational excellence.

So, if you are currently overstocked, bursting at the seams and are struggling to store safely, here is a quick guide to improving your warehouse and storage operations. We will delve into the various hazards at play and provide expert insight to mitigate and avoid them.

Warehouse and storage industry background

The warehouse and storage industry plays a pivotal role in the global supply chain, ensuring the smooth flow of goods from manufacturers to end consumers. From worker safety to inventory management, efficient, well managed warehouse and storage facilities are key to your operational efficiency.  From small storage buildings to expansive temporary warehouse buildings, a bespoke structure can ease operational challenges.  

Completed Ikea temporary structure

Warehouse housekeeping

Effective warehouse and storage operations start with strong housekeeping practices.
Warehouses are busy environments with constant movement. Proper housekeeping is fundamental to safe warehouse operations. Maintain a clean and organized workspace. Keep aisles and other areas clear of debris and clutter as this can be a common cause of slips, trips and falls. Cover and secure cables and other tripping hazards. If you are overstocked, finding the space to keep walkways clear can be a challenge. If you simply don’t have capacity to segregate walkways from storage zones and maintain emergency exit access, it may be time to increase your storage capacity with additional on-site storage.

Effective stacking and material storage

Incorrectly loaded or damaged pallet racks can lead to collapses, endangering both personnel and inventory. If floor space is at a premium, the most common option is to store higher, stacking stock up to the eaves of a building. However, this isn’t always the safest solution. It is vital to inform and educate warehouse staff on the load capacity of each rack and implement strict adherence to weight and height limits for storage.

To mitigate this risk, conduct routine inspections of pallet racks. This will identify any signs of damage or wear. You should replace or repair components as needed. To mitigate the risk, if you can no longer meet the demand for space, a temporary building can be easily integrated into an existing building. With clear eaves, large and safe racking solutions can be made to measure for your new storage building.

Hazardous materials and handling

Warehouses may need to handle or store hazardous materials, posing risks to both employees and the environment. products will have storage guidelines which need to be followed. If you are unable to store incompatible materials separately, one option would be to create a sperate storage space for these materials. A smaller storage building can be a complete stand-alone structure, or integrated to an existing store, without foundations. This provides a highly cost-effective and quick solution compared to a traditional building.

Material handling equipment (MHE) is essential for the efficient movement of goods within a warehouse. These include, roller cages and forklift trucks. Within a temporary building, you can custom design your space, by specifying roller shutter doors and other bespoke elements to make managing your warehouse safe and simple. We can work with you to design your new warehouse to accommodate all plant and equipment from the start.

Loading and unloading operations

Don’t let your loading bay become a dangerous bottleneck. If your existing warehouse operation requires unloading and loading operations, these are high risk activities. Wet and slippery conditions around vehicles and heavy loads present health and safety issues. Installing a loading canopy is one way to set your loading area up for safety. Where forklifts or pallet trucks are in operation, it’s especially important to keep the area dry and visibility clear. If you want to increase throughput, without risking rushing create an additional covered loading and unloading area.

A safe and comfortable working warehouse

There are a number of ancillary items that can improve the efficiency of your warehouse operations. These include; lighting, flooring heating and cooling. A temporary warehouse can be completely fitted out to meet your exact needs. A freezing warehouse is no safe place to work and retrofitting insulation can be cost-prohibitive. To provide a comfortable working environment and maintain a safe working temperature, we can provide a fully insulated warehouse solution.

Loading bay canopy side on.

General building safety and temporary buildings

There is a common misconception that a “temporary” building is just a short-term measure. Whilst this is true, they also provide a highly durable and long-lasting solution. With the right care, a temporary building can be in place for over 20 years. Our temporary warehouse and storage buildings meet all UK Building Regulations, snow and wind loading requirements and are precisely engineered to stand the test of time.

Keep your warehouse and storage operation safe and compliant

If you are Whether you need short or long-term storage and warehousing, our temporary storage buildings are a cost-effective alternative to traditional extensions or expensive new builds.   

A proactive approach to planning your warehouse and storage requirements means you can identify and mitigate risks early.  If you are at capacity and urgently need additional warehouse and storage space, a temporary building solution can be installed within a matter of days.  

From initial contact with one of our temporary building experts to handover typically takes just 6-8 weeks.  With the affordability of a temporary building, speed of installation and complete flexibility, they are fast becoming the go to solution for many business who need to increase space fast. 

Temporary Winter Storage Buildings: The ideal solution for winter storage

Are you winter storage ready?

When it comes to finding the right storage solution for the winter months, temporary buildings offer a durable, flexible and cost-effective solution. These structures are designed to provide shelter and protection all year round. However, during the darker winter months, they can be particularly useful to businesses. Our latest expert insight explores how you can get winter storage ready.

Temporary buildings: Use cases

Winter weather can be harsh, with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures posing a threat to your stock or general operations. Our temporary buildings are designed with these conditions in mind. They are snow and wind-bearing, meaning they meet all UK building regulations. In addition, they can be fully or partially insulated for optimum comfort and performance. 

Our industrial steel buildings provide excellent durability and can resist heavy snow loads, ensuring that your stock will remain protected. Additionally, these structures can be equipped with insulation and heating options, further safeguarding from cold air and moisture damage.

Our temporary buildings are often used for extra storage space to manage stock and inventory during the peak retail season. We have also installed a number of canopies to provide shelter for unloading stock. Our all-purpose industrial canopies and temporary buildings will give you exactly what you need.

A winter storage building for warehousing

Key advantages

One of the key advantages of temporary buildings is their flexibility. Unlike traditional permanent structures, these buildings can be easily erected and dismantled, allowing for quick and disruption-free installation. This makes them an ideal solution for those who require temporary storage during the winter months. Whether you need shelter for a few weeks or the entire winter season, temporary buildings can be customized to suit your specific needs. Temporary buildings can also be rented which offers even more flexibility.

What are your options:

The three main building types for winter storage buildings are insulated temporary buildings, industrial buildings, which are generally not insulated or industrial canopies that provide shelter and additional covered space.

For those needing a larger storage space, temporary storage buildings are an excellent option. These versatile structures can accommodate a wide range of items, including vehicles and plant. With their open plan footprint and a wide range of bespoke features, storage buildings provide a secure, weatherproof environment. This protects practically anything from the winter weather.

Bespoke storage buildings for winter

When it comes to storing unusual items such as boats helicopters or aircraft, we can provide a solution.  opting for a dedicated storage building or industrial canopy will help protect . Investing in a proper storage solution not only prolongs the lifespan of your valuable assets but also saves you the hassle and cost of repairing or replacing them due to winter damage. 

In conclusion, temporary buildings offer an optimal solution for winter storage needs. Whether you require a spacious storage facility or industrial structure, our temporary buildings provide the flexibility, durability, and protection necessary to keep your stock safe during the colder winter months. Invest in a reliable and versatile temporary building and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you are winter storage ready, secure and protected, even in the harshest weather. 

Temporary warehouse storage: Your options for increasing warehouse capacity quickly

Unlock storage space and capacity: Explore temporary warehouse buildings

Do you need to increase your capacity with more temporary warehouse storage? A temporary building could be just what you are looking for. Our buildings will help you meet both short and long-term storage and warehousing requirements.  Our latest expert blog will provide you with a range of options to help you find and select the best warehouse building for your business.

Why Temporary Warehouse Storage?

Interior of temporary insulated building at Ikea Reading

Despite the “temporary” name, our structures offer a long-lasting, semi-permanent solution that is precisely engineered to your business requirements. Furthermore, our temporary storage buildings are a quicker and more cost-effective alternative to traditional building projects, undertaking extensions or hiring off-site storage space. They provide many advantages, including:

Speed:

We can provide a price for your new warehouse in 24 hours giving you an accurate budget cost to help you plan.  Once delivered to your site, we can install the new structure in as little as 4 days, without significant disruption or downtime.

Quality:

Due to our temporary warehouses being engineered off-site we can control quality during every stage of the process. Given that they are designed specifically for your location, temporary warehouses last for years, offering safe and reliable storage. Furthermore, they are backed by a robust warranty and comply with UK Building Regulations.

Cost:

They are in face around 70% cheaper to build than a traditional warehouse building. Moreover, our temporary and semi-permanent buildings don’t require foundations, expensive Architects or design consultants.  Additionally, we provide the design drawings based on your specifications within the price.

side of temporary warehouse storage building

Adaptability:

If you require a short-term storage solution, you can rent a temporary warehouse in order to manage seasonal peaks or new contracts. Due to their modular construction, a temporary building can be easily extended, re-configured or relocated to a different site if your storage requirements change.

Temporary Warehouse Buildings: A Flexible Storage Solution

We offer a wide range of temporary buildings, storage structures as well as canopy shelters. These flexible, adaptable solutions will help your business meet any storage challenges.

Temporary buildings are built with engineered modular components that are assembled and installed on-site.  They are generally constructed in “bays” which provide the length. These are also typically manufactured in 5m lengths.  Eave heights of up to 10m can be achieved and the span, or width, can reach 40m across.  Larger spans can be achieved by linking buildings together or using a steel frame, providing a space solution for every requirement.

Types of temporary storage buildings

Overall the most popular types of warehouse buildings we provide include:

A temporary warehouse:

Our most popular and flexible modern warehouse structure can be provided as an insulated, part-insulated or non-insulated building.  It can be manufactured to your bespoke size requirements and completed with a solid range of options, such as doors, racking, full building management systems and lighting.

Steel warehouse buildings:

This industrial warehouse structure will provide a robust and durable storage building solution. Our industrial steel buildings are most commonly used as overflow storage, with this purpose in mind they create a weatherproof and secure steel warehouse structure. Consequently it will be suitable to store and protect stock, raw materials or house machinery such as packing and bailing machines.

Loading bay canopy shelter:

If you are looking for covered shelter, loading canopy or a lay down space for pallets, goods or materials a canopy shelter will generally be an ideal option to create covered space. The shelter can also be integrated into an existing building, used as a standalone shelter and can be open sided or open ended.

Industrial storage to super-insulated options

With all of the above options, we offer various types of insulation and finishes for our temporary warehouses in order to cater to your specific storage requirements. Insulation can be provided through cladding and various roof insulation options.

Insulated Temporary Buildings for Cold Storage:

Engineered for projects demanding the highest level of insulation and building performance

  • Ideal for medical/pharmaceutical, food, and agricultural produce storage.
  • Operates within controlled temperature ranges to maintain product quality.

Ambient Storage:

  • Offers dry, clean, well-ventilated storage at room temperature.
  • Suitable for all types of product storage and certain perishables.

Non-insulated structures:

If you simply need covered space, a non-insulated structure offers cost effective, dry and weatherproof storage.  It can be specified with industrial grade PCV walls, or steel cladding.  These structures are suitable for applications where insulation is not a priority such as industrial warehousing. 

Why Consider Temporary Warehousing?

It’s important to remember that these structures are engineered to stand the test of time. While they are referred to as “temporary” they can be in place for over 20 years.  They provide many advantages over a permanent building,

  • Seasonal storage: Prepare for seasonal sales spikes, especially in the lead-up to events like Christmas.
  • Expansion: Secured a new contract or looking to grow without moving locations?
  • Integration: Our buildings can be easily integrated with your existing building without disruptive building alterations or the stress and inconvenience of off-site storage

Get your bespoke storage space

We are leading providers of bespoke temporary buildings across the UK, working with clients large and small to deliver high quality temporary storage building solutions.  We provide a wide range of warehouse buildings that can be installed within days.  Our installation process is highly efficient on account of our buildings being manufactured off-site.

They are installed like a modular building, seamlessly adding extra storage space.  We can install your new storage facility on most ground types and locations.  The good news is that we don’t need to create foundations for our buildings which saves significant cost and time.

When exploring extra storage options, the most important considerations include the location, required space, and specific requirements such as temperature control and security. Our team of experts have decades of combined experience in helping businesses like yours get the warehouse and storage space they need without delay. In addition, we have a range of resources available and would be more than happy to discuss your project and provide a free budget price and design:


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Insulated temporary buildings: Prevent the chill this winter

high performing insulated temporary buildings

If you need to increase your on-site space and capacity, insulated temporary buildings stand out for their durability, efficiency, and flexibility. Our insulated structures, offer a range of benefits, making them an ideal choice for anyone in need of temperature sensitive storage, high quality space or durable semi-permanent building solutions without delay.

Understanding Insulated Temporary Buildings

Temporary buildings are often referred to as semi-permanent, modular buildings or portable buildings. They are structures designed to provide a quick and flexible space solution. As a result, we can install a fully insulated building in a matter of days, making them ideal for a wide range of applications, from warehouses, temporary accommodation and workshop buildings.

Insulation is a crucial element that significantly impacts the functionality, performance and comfort within a building. Our insulated buildings feature materials that reduce heat transfer, in order to ensure thermal efficiency to create a comfortable, controlled internal environment. Field & Lawn insulated buildings typically use a sandwich panel wall construction, with a 60mm PIR foam insulated core, so that they provide a thermal insulation level of U[W/m2K] -0.36. Additionally we can provide enhanced levels of insulation up to 120mm.

Quality and durability

Temporary insulated building with windows

Despite the temporary name, our structures are built to last in excess of 20 years. They will provide a semi-permanent building solution, using the latest modular construction technology to engineer and manufacture a building to your businesses requirements. Furthermore, our temporary structures comply with all UK building regulations and include comprehensive, location specific wind and weather loadings.

Take a look inside…

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When to use a temporary building

If you need additional on-site space, then a temporary building is a great solution. Unlike traditional buildings, they are quick to manufacture and install and are highly cost effective when compared to traditional construction. Our buildings are designed to be in place for many years as a semi-permanent solution. If you have a short to medium term requirement for additional insulated space, a temporary structure can be rented with a flexible agreement. Subsequently our insulated temporary buildings have supported a range of businesses, providing:

Storage and warehouse solutions:

Insulated temporary buildings are ideal for temporary storage space and warehousing, this is due to offering high quality, secure space to store goods and materials. Moreover they are manufactured to your exact requirements and can be integrated with existing warehouse buildings on your site. In addition you can specify the structure to include racking, access doors and heating, lighting and more, exactly like a traditional building, but without the high cost.

Offices and workspaces:

Our buildings provide comfortable and efficient office spaces. So, whether used as a marketing suite or a workshop building, these structures offer a conducive working environment.

Sporting facilities and changing rooms:

Sports facilities often require temporary solutions, we have delivered a number of insulated temporary buildings within the sport and leisure sector.  They provide an optimal environment and can be fully partitioned.

Advantages of insulated temporary buildings

Production, Workshop and Studio Space

Quick installation:

Insulated temporary buildings can be rapidly erected, providing additional space without the lengthy construction time associated with traditional permanent buildings. The design is flexible, offering various clear span widths and eave heights to suit specific needs.

Cost effectiveness:

Compared to a traditional building, a temporary building on the whole is around 70% cheaper to build and install. 

Energy efficiency:

Insulated buildings significantly enhance energy efficiency by reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. The insulation acts as a barrier in order to shield against external temperature variations. Also further insulation can be provided with a range of insulated roof options.

Compliance:

Temporary insulated buildings conform to necessary building regulations, ensuring safety as well as compliance with BS EN standards.

Choosing us for your insulated temporary buildings

Field & Lawn offer a range of temporary insulated buildings, including temporary warehouse options, in order to offer the perfect blend of functionality and efficiency from our bespoke, made to measure solutions to our standard temporary structures that are available to rent. 

Our service includes:

• A no obligation site visit and appraisal
• Free design drawings and calculations
• Expert project management
• A comprehensive building warranty 

In addition, our dedicated team of experts will work with you to create a solution to your space requirements, specifying your new insulated building to meet your needs.

Need more information?

If you want to explore the range of options in detail and review the high specifications we also offer, our guide to temporary building standards and specifications will provide more detail.