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5 Tips That Improve Stockroom Management

Stockroom organisation is integral for businesses of all sizes – from small enterprises to large and complex operations. While retailers with physical stores are under constant pressure to keep customers coming back, it can be easy to only focus on the sales floor and neglect the back of house.

However, your stockroom functions as the backbone of your business and is just as important. It shouldn’t be neglected and should be monitored regularly. When managed efficiently, the benefits can include better staff performance, reduced safety risks and meeting customer demands which ultimately leads to increased sales.

Whilst developing a sophisticated management system for your stockroom can seem quite challenging, we have highlighted 5 tips that can help you keep it in tip top shape.

1) Using The Right Storage Units

Different shelving systems offer an array of specialised solutions that can help you maximise your storage space. If your needs are on a smaller scale and you need to stock smaller items, fully adjustable shelving systems could help you to keep organised. These allow you to reconfigure shelving levels to optimise space and can be used alongside garment hanging rails and bin shelving in a single adjustable unit.

If your budget is slightly more flexible, then a mobile shelving system could be very beneficial. Sometimes inadequate space can make it impossible to keep stockrooms orderly and this system can greatly increase capacity to help restore order.

2) Move Upwards

dkny mezzanineUnused headspace in stockrooms can often be valuable for storing more inventory. Most retail stores have fairly high ceilings that can be used to free up floor space and take on more products. It’s therefore vital to maximise your vertical storage space. An easy solution is reorganising your stockroom and installing the tallest possible storage units. The sooner you replace shorter storage shelves, the less time and money will be lost in the future.

If taller shelving doesn’t seem adequate, there is opportunity to assess your stock room layout and move upwards. Mezzanine flooring provides an affordable alternative to increasing your building’s floor area or relocating. Major fashion retailer, DKNY, were able to squeeze every bit out of their storage area by installing a bespoke mezzanine. This was designed with a very high point load, enabling them to store heavy goods on the mezzanine and beneath it. Although their store had restricted access and was confined within a shopping mall, the finished results boosted space for their operations.

3) Clear Stock Labelling

While it might seem like an obvious solution, many businesses overlook the importance of using labelling for orderly and efficient stockroom management. Simple steps to improvement include categorising products by their key characteristics (size, colour, style etc), labelling individual shelving bays as well as each shelving level and using a range of visual devices. Visual devices such as signs and message boards also help your employees recognise directions, find products and share information (via Storage). Such signage should be as professional as possible to entice and encourage employees to adhere to them.

4) Prioritise New Items

Retail businesses know how essential it is to keep the most popular stock front and centre for easy access. Regular rotation to keep your stock fresh will avoid old or obsolete items from taking valuable space for better investments. An easy way to get rid of stock which isn’t performing as well is through discounting, sales or even charitable donations. The new space can be used to store products which your customers genuinely want, making it easier to keep stockrooms organised.

5) Stockroom Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Having clear KPIs is critical to every business. Measuring and monitoring the objectives of your business against your stockroom will indicate how well your inventory is performing. In retail, KPIs are particularly important, such as days of supply, stock to sales ratio, sell through percentage and gross margin return on investment (via Action Storage). Using a system that enables you to keep on track of such metrics alongside the above organisation tips will keep your stockroom running at peak efficiency.


Hi-Level are one of Europe’s leading mezzanine floor suppliers. With over 28 years’ experience, we specialise in commercial and industrial premises throughout the UK and Europe.

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The Best Retail Floor Layout for Your Business

Retail floor layout design is a very crucial and strategic decision which can affect a customer’s shopping experience and encourage their purchases. Presenting merchandise in an efficient way will ultimately maximise the sales for each square foot of selling space.

A wide range of research has investigated human behaviour and the best practices for retail. In fact, it was revealed 90% of people turn right when they turn into a store (via VDTA). Such valuable insight proves the importance of selecting the right shop floor layout plan and design for your business.

If you’re interested in some of the research and unlocking your store’s sales potential, read some of our ideas below.

Types of Retail Floor Layouts

Grid Floorplan

A grid floor plan is a popular choice for most retail stores as it makes use of both the floor and wall space. The design maximises product display and minimises white space through its long aisles where customers weave up and down.

High demand products are typically placed at the front to ensure they’ll be seen, whereas staple products are found towards the back. Shopify revealed how doing so forces customers to walk past an assortment of ‘in demand’ products to and from the staple item they need. Jollyes optimised their store with this approach to maximise sales.

Pros and Cons: It’s one of the most economical shop floor designs, easy to navigate, and convenient for store owners to categorise if they have lots of merchandise. On the other hand, its simplicity has made the grid floor plan quite predictable and they tend to impart a grab-and-go experience.

Suitable For: The grid floor plan works best for large retailers and shelf-stocked goods such as grocery stores as it allows you to display an array of products. However, it’s not ideal for retailers with an upscale branded environment.

Loop Floor Plan

A loop floor plan creates a closed loop that takes the customer past every bit of merchandise from the front of the store to the checkout. This type of design surrounds the customer with products and gives full control of the path they take. If designed well, it enables the retailer to tell a story all within very well-defined parameters.

Pros and Cons: The pros include how it encourages browsing as retailers can guarantee their promotions will be seen. On the contrary, it can be unappealing for customers who know exactly what they’re looking for.

Suitable For: The Loop floor plan maximises wall space which works well for apparels, homeware, personal care and speciality retail stores such as furniture stores. It wouldn’t be the most suitable floor layout option for shops that sell products which don’t require a lot of consideration before purchase.

Free Flow plan

A free flow plan has no deliberate attempt to force customers through a traffic pattern. Instead, customers are encouraged to explore around the store and attract them to specific merchandise zones using unique colours and product groupings.

Pros and Cons: It is a practical way of making the most out small spaces and can create an experiential retail space. On the other hand, retailers should be cautious to not confuse customers as it doesn’t take into consideration the best shopping practices and human preferences (via Shopify). Tileflair made the mezzanine section of their store free flow alongside a seating area, enabling their customers to explore and interact with their products.

Suitable For: The free flow plan is ideal for upscale and boutique settings such as apparel, speciality brands and mixed-use stores.


Hi-Level are one of Europe’s leading mezzanine floor suppliers with over 28 years’ experience. Our mezzanine projects range from single storey floors through to complex multi-tiered installations.

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Building Regulations & Mezzanine Floors | Approval Required?

Planning Permission and Mezzanine Floors

Typically, no formal permissions required for the erection of a mezzanine floor provided there are no local planning restrictions. There are however some circumstances when planning permission is required, such as when the mezzanine is used for office space or the mezzanine increases the floor area of a site. Hi-Level provides a turnkey service, working with you to interpret your requirements and provide the necessary guidance. We have in-house experts who will conduct a survey of your building prior to designing the floor which provides you with a detailed proposed layout and peace of mind throughout the project.


Building Regulations and Mezzanine Floors

Building Regulations are an essential part to the build and Hi-Level always takes full responsibility for ensuring that your mezzanine is designed in compliance with all the British Standards and necessary guidelines. We take into consideration a variety of factors to ensure our designs are compliant and use approved ancillaries such as staircases, handrails and toe plates.

The following Building Regulations are applicable to Mezzanine Floor:

  • Building Regulations 2000
  • Part A – Structural Safety
  • Part B – Fire Safety
  • Part K – Protection from Falling
  • Part M – Access To and Use of Buildings

Health and Safety

Hi-Level has an ongoing commitment to understanding the necessary Health and Safety provisions to ensure the well being of our installation team and persons using the mezzanine floor. We regularly review potential risks which can be posed during builds and act to prevent them.


Raising the Standard

At Hi-level, we have over 28 years of experience designing, manufacturing and installing superior quality mezzanine floors. We gained CE mark certification in 2014 and hold accreditation for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. We are also an accredited member of CHAS and have gained membership to Construction Line and AMHSA.

Hi-Level provides you with full support in achieving Building Regulations Approval as part of the supply and installation of the mezzanine floor. Our team takes away the hassle, ensuring that your project runs smoothly. We work closely with approved inspectors to provide the full Building Regulations Approval service. Contact our sales team to discuss your project or for information regarding Building Regulations Approval.

How Much Does a Mezzanine Floor Cost? | Mezzanine Costs

Mezzanine Floor Costs Explained

Each of Hi-Level’s designs are bespoke, meaning we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to cost. Instead, we take your exact specifications including load requirement, usage and the type of premises to determine which type of floor and materials will work best.

Cost of Relocating vs Mezzanine Floor

Mezzanine floors are great value for money, proving to be incredibly cheaper than moving premises. Relocating your business and operations can be complex and challenging. Not only is there the risk of disrupting productivity and falling behind customer demands, the process can be extremely costly. 60% of warehouses are now occupied by retailers as the demand for storage space has become competitive (Via BBC). Due to this, prices of renting out spaces have soared, leaving many companies to consider alternative options and how they can make the most out of their existing premises.

Mezzanine floors have been a staple for companies across a wide range of sectors due to their ability to re-configure existing space without the increase costs of paying for additional floor space. Many industrial and commercial buildings have unused vertical space which can be turned into a productive work area and boost work performance.

Value For Money

Hi-Level aims to provide a cost-effective solution that not only delivers a quality product but also a quality service. We have devised a computerised mezzanine floor production system (iQD) which makes our designs highly accurate and competitively priced than inferior installations. We are genuinely passionate about what we do and have a dedicated team for the design, manufacturing and installation process.

Full turnkey solution including:

  • Consultation
  • Site Survey
  • Ground Investigations
  • Design by Structural Engineers
  • Detailed CAD drawings
  • Projects Managers
  • RAMS
  • Installation
  • CE declaration of performance

Value Engineering

We have a team of expert, Structural Engineers who deliver high quality, value-engineered solutions for a wide range of sectors including warehousing, production and automation. For each of our projects, we appoint a Project Manager who conducts a detailed survey and analysis of your building site to determine how best the mezzanine can be incorporated into the existing structure. In addition, we always aim to optimise the amount of structural steel used in our floors. Not only does this keep cost to a minimum for our customers, it also reduces our environmental impact.

Peace of Mind

Quality
At Hi-Level, all our mezzanine floors are designed to meet the general requirements of BRE Digest 437 and relevant British Standards.  We have a Quality Policy which is achieved through the implantation of the Quality, Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety Management System which follows ISO standards. It provides the framework for attaining and maintaining compliance, measuring performance and continuing to achieve customer satisfaction. In addition, we have been granted CE certification.

Health and Safety
Hi-Level is committed to keeping people safe whilst working at height and has put robust processes in place to ensure the safety of both its installation teams and of other contractors. Not only do our mezzanine floors need to be designed to be fit for purpose based on the required loads, they need to be installed safely on-site.

 

 


About Hi-Level

Hi-Level has over 28 years of experience designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke mezzanine floors. We specialise in commercial and industrial premises throughout the UK and Europe. Our team of experts are passionate about what they do and throughout the project you are appointed an experienced Project Manager who will ensure all operations run smoothly. The Project Manager will assist with any possible contingencies, keeping you in the loop to guarantee a successful project. We have a team who are committed to delivering the highest quality product and service.

What is a Mezzanine Floor? | Mezzanines Explained

A mezzanine floor is an intermediate floor which is built between two main floors or the floor and ceiling of a building. They are designed to cover a specific area of a building rather than extending over the entire floor space. Mezzanines are installed to maximise unused vertical space, providing additional room above and below and can be built free of existing structures. Industrial settings are some of the most common places a mezzanine is built due to their high-ceilings and are usually free-standing, semi-permanent structures. Mezzanines are often custom-made, manufactured from detailed drawings and tailored to the needs and specifications of a client. Typically, mezzanines are constructed from steel and can be tailored to suit their settings.

Key components of the mezzanine:

  • Primary beams – These are the main support of the mezzanine which span across the columns
  • Purlins or joists – These spans between the primary beams are the fixing points for the decking
  • Columns – They are designed to support the primary beams and the load bearing is distributed evenly across the columns which uphold the mezzanine
  • Decking – The 38mm particle board is the most commonly fitted option, however other varieties include OSB, grating, durbar plate, concrete and composite decking


Mezzanine Floor Ancillaries 

Handrails
This secures the exposed edges of the mezzanine. For industrial premises, edge-protection includes both the handrail and toe plate. For public-facing environments, the most common design is a glass balustrade system.

 

 

 

Staircases
The staircase provides access to the mezzanine floor and comes in a variety of designs for industrial premises and public use. The UK Building Regulations determine which type of staircase a building will need, taking into consideration the number of persons, travel distances and fire protection.

 

 

Pallet Gates
Many industrial environments opt for pallet gates to assist with loading and unloading materials onto the mezzanine floor. The pallet gates are designed to protect personnel at exposed opening points at the floor edge.

 

 

 

Fire Protection
Based on the UK Building Regulations, the appropriate fire protection will be applied to the mezzanine design. Generally, fire protection is required for all circumstances where the mezzanine is used for anything other than storage e.g. offices/public use.

 

 

 


Where can a mezzanine floor be used?

Industrial Premises
Industrial buildings such as warehouses, distribution centres and factories typically have large building structures which enable full flexibility to install large and complex designs. A range of businesses integrate a multi-tier mezzanine, often using one level for storage or office space and the second level for production purposes.

 

 

Public-facing Premises
Mezzanine floors are a very popular feature within public facing environments such as retail stores. This is due to their ability to increase sales per square foot and provide storage in the back end of the shop. Retail stores pose more stringent regulations as the mezzanine is often designed taking into consideration the existing store layout. In addition, the floor must be fire rated and the type of stair-casing and handrail needs to be suitable for public use.

 

 


How much loading can a mezzanine floor take?

Depending on how it will be used, a mezzanine floor can be designed to take a loading up to 3,000kg/m². The type of decking will also greatly affect the point load as the 38mm particle board will be ideal for most standard installations whereas the composite decking is designed to be extremely robust and durable. Learn more in our video below:


About Hi-Level

Hi-Level designs, manufactures and installs bespoke mezzanine floors predominantly in commercial and industrial premises throughout the UK and Europe. With over 28 years of experience in a wide range of industry sectors, our team are truly experts at what they do. Throughout the project, you are appointed an experienced Project Manager who will ensure all operations run smoothly. Your contact will assist with any possible contingencies, keeping you in the loop to guarantee a successful project. We have a genuine passion for what we do and are committed to delivering the highest quality product and service.

Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations

In our previous blog post we looked at the Health and Safety at Work Act and how a thorough understanding of regulations can help businesses to protect their employees. However, there is more to Health and Safety provisions than just understanding the rules. You also need to know how to put them into practice – which is where the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations come into play

How To Manage Health And Safety In The Workplace

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations were introduced in 1993 in addition to the Health and Safety at Work Act. They require that employees review and manage potential risks to their employees and anyone else that might be visiting the premises.

Risk Assessments

The key area that these regulations deal with is the importance of risk assessments. This means identifying any potential risks to employees and the general public and if a business has more than five employees, recording the findings in a report.

The first stage of a risk assessment is to identify potential hazards by looking at activities that take place in your workplace and talking to employees. Hazards can be caused by a number of different scenarios, for example by dangerous machinery or chemicals, repetitive actions or because of the layout of your workspace.

After identifying risks, you need to consider who might be harmed and how – for example, a visitor to the site who might be unaware of safety procedures around dangerous machinery.

A risk assessment should include details of any potential hazards, who they might affect, how likely it is to happen and what precautions can be taken to prevent accidents from occurring, including avoiding risk all together (by using machinery to avoid heavy lifting, or using mezzanine floor to increase working space for employees, for example). Any existing precautions should also be evaluated for their effectiveness.

Record

The next step is to record your findings in a written report, detailing in particular the details of equipment being used, processes being assessed, potential hazards, the people who could be at risk from those hazards and the perceived level of risk of an incident occurring.

It’s important that you regularly undertake risk assessments, as an old risk assessment might not reflect changes to your business practices and the circumstances of your employees.

Health Checks

Health checks should also be carried out on any employees who are exposed to hazardous conditions, such as noisy machinery, unsafe chemicals or fumes and a risk assessment should help you to decide whether you need to provide employees with more protection.

Mezzanine floors can help you to increase the space available to you for safe working and they can be fitted with various safety features to help you protect your employees. For more information or to discuss your needs call us +44 (0)1730 237 190.

 

Health and Safety at Work Act – What You Need to Know

Warehouses and storage spaces can be dangerous places without proper Health and Safety protocol. In these kinds of environments trips, slips and manual handling injuries are most common and can leave businesses short on staff and out of pocket. Understanding Health and Safety standards can play a key role in helping to protect employees, but what exactly should business owners know?

What Is The Health & Safety at Work Act?

The aim of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) is to secure the health and safety of employees and the public from risks that are posed by the workplace.

What Are The Key Points?

The Health and Safety at Work Act requires employers to have a ‘General Duty of Care’ which means that they must oversee the health, safety and welfare of their workers as much as they can or is deemed practical.

They must also take steps to correctly manage health and safety measures, this means regularly reviewing practices and ensuring that some kind of written policy is in place if five or more staff members are employed. Records must also be kept to oversee health of workers.

When it comes to delegating health and safety responsibilities to staff, the employer must make sure that they are competent enough – and this means hiring employees with relevant qualifications.

Another key point that we featured in our latest article; ‘A guide to Health and Safety in the workplace’ (link to pillar #3) was the importance of risk assessments. A successful risk assessment identifies any potential dangers in the workplace that might be encountered by employees, looks at how likely there is to be an incident and puts appropriate controls in place to prevent them from happening.  Where possible, risks should be avoided all together and another way of doing the task needs to be found (for example palletising materials so they can be moved with a fork-lift truck).

Employees must be given sufficient training and instructions for their daily tasks in order to protect their health and their safety, and they must also be supervised whilst doing so.

Extra caution should be taken for dealing with hazardous substances and a risk assessment should be made for any substances which are deemed to be harmful.

It’s also important that workplaces are maintained to a high standard, this means protecting safe access to the building as well as things like safe lighting and ventilation.

In the event of an emergency there must be first aid facilities provided an fire fightingequipment must also be provided.

Finally, it is also required that employers record any workplace injuries that occur on site and that insurance is in place to provide employees with sufficient compensation should an accident result in a serious injury.

It’s important that a business’s working practice coincide with good Health and Safety protocols. Here at Hi-Level Mezzanine floors we provide mezzanine flooring with a variety of safety features, such as handrails and edge protection which can help to protect your employees whilst they go about their work. For more information, or to discuss your particular needs call us on +44 (0)1730 237 190.

 

A Guide To Health And Safety In The Workplace

The importance of maintaining Health and Safety protocol in a warehouse or distribution centre cannot be underestimated. The kinds of activities that take place in these environments can create various types of hazards and risks to employees; however, possessing a well-rounded understanding of preventative measures and practices can certainly help in minimizing the risk.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Injuries?

In warehouses and storage environments the most common injuries to workers are caused by slipping or tripping, closely followed by being injured by falls, falling objects and by manual handling.

Preventing Slips And Trips

The Health and Safety Executive estimates that slips and trips cost businesses around £500 million each year and advise that workers and employers follow a “Don’t just see it, sort it” motto. This means that they should endeavour to report any potential hazards and employers must arrange for them to be dealt with.

There are, however, some practical ways that you can avoid slips and trips in the work place from happening in the first place, for example by ensuring that your employees wear appropriate footwear that is well-fitted, suitable for the environment and slip-resistant.
Working environments should be kept clean and clear of obstructions and all spillages should be reported promptly. It is also important that the types of flooring, lighting and materials used in your workspace are fit for their purpose. You should consult with an expert as to the best materials to use.
Lastly, you should remember to include trips and slips in your risk assessment so that you can put effective measures in place.

Preventing Injuries Caused By Manual Handling

Every year, over 3,000 cases of handling injuries are reported – many of which could be avoided through better planning.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992) require all employers to reduce the need for harmful manual handling tasks and make adjustments to reduce the risk of injury if the task cannot be avoided.
For example it might be necessary to palletise items for storage so that they can be moved with a fork-lift truck rather than manually handled, or a portable conveyor might be installed to transport materials across a building rather than having to manually move them.

Preventing Injuries Caused By Falls From A Height

Another key cause of injuries at work is brought about by employees working at a height. As with manual handling, where possible this kind of work should be avoided but if it cannot then it must be well planned, supervised and carried out sensibly.
Mezzanine floors, for example, can be installed with handrails and edge protection to protect employees from falls and also from any falling objects.

What Is The Health & Safety At Work Act?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is an important piece of legislation that aims to secure the health and safety of employees and the public from risks in the workplace by ensuring that employers adhere to certain health and safety guidelines.
Under the law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. If employees are going to conduct their day to day duties on mezzanine flooring, for example, then it is important that an employer considers any potential risks or possible threats to their welfare and then takes steps to prevent them from happening.

The act also instructs that employers must adhere to the following:
• Adequate welfare provisions for staff at work
• Adequate training of staff to ensure health and safety
• Safe use, handling and storage of dangerous chemicals or substances
• Ensure safe entry and exit of the workplace
• Safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, plant and systems
In short, employers are given a duty “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all of its employees. However, this duty extends to employees too who also have a responsibility for keeping themselves and their colleagues safe by following health and safety guidelines provided to them during training.

How To Manage Health And Safety

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations require that employers review and manage potential risks to their employees and anyone else at work. This means conducting risk assessments, planning for emergencies, training employees and sometimes health surveillance.

Employees also have a responsibility to adhere to the training and instructions given and should notify their employer if they feel there is any danger that is not being addressed.
When a business has a visit from a Health and Safety inspector, they will want to know what procedures are in place to prevent accidents, how well trained your employees are and what procedures you have in place in the event of an incident.

Risk Assessments

The Health and Safety Act requires employers to manage potential risks in the workplace. This means understanding any potential threats to their employees or the general public and finding ways to put measures in place that will stop them from happening. This usually comes in the form of a risk assessment.

Risk assessments should take place regularly, as the way that businesses operate, the tools that they use and other changing factors could mean that an old risk assessment can quickly become outdated.
The first part of performing a risk assessment is identifying any potential hazards, for example a sharp tool that could pierce the skin or a chemical that could be harmful if it is breathed in.
Next the people who might be harmed by the tools must be identified, for example a particular group of staff.

Then you must decide upon how likely the risk is and what precautions (if any) you can put in place. In this case it could be by wearing protective gloves to keep staff member’s hands safe or protective masks to avoid inhaling chemicals.

Finally, this should all be recorded and then put into action, with regular reviews to make any necessary changes.

Health And Safety Policy In The Workplace

It is important that an employer has a clear Health and Safety policy for both themselves and their employees to refer to. A good Health and Safety policy will begin with a clear statement of intent, which sums up the organisation’s commitment to providing safe working conditions and meeting their obligations such as training. Next it should detail who is responsible for the different aspects of Health and Safety throughout the organisation. It should include information about how risks will be assessed, precautions that need to be taken around the workplace and how accidents will be reported. It should also detail fire safety and first aid arrangements, such as fire drill procedures and who is responsible for them. An employer should endeavour to make sure that all workers are aware of the policy and understand it fully.

Putting A Plan Into Action

Creating a Health and Safety policy is only one step toward managing Health and Safety, and the plan is no use if it is not put into action. One good way to promote Health and Safety standards is to allocate specific responsibilities to members of staff, so that they have a role to play. For example, allowing a junior member of staff to be responsible for making sure aisles are clear and nothing is left blocking them throughout the day. Standards can play a big role in helping to keep the workplace safe, so you should identify what safety standards you deem to be realistic.

Employers must make sure that staff members with responsibilities are aware of what they might encounter, how to deal with any incidents, how to record them and most importantly, how to prevent them from happening at all – if possible.

How Does Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) Affect Me?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1999 or PUWER for short, refers to the regulation of equipment and machinery that is used in the workplace. It is a piece of legislation which aims to make sure that equipment and machinery is safe to use and that its use does not result in the harm of their operator.

It applies to anyone who uses or controls equipment, even if they are self-employed or a non-profit business.

PUWER ensures that machinery that is used is:
• Suitable for its intended job or purpose
• Receives regular maintenance
• Inspected by a trained member of staff
• Only operated by trained individuals
The regulations require that equipment is tested every 6-12 months by a competent individual and if necessary that it is adapted in some way to make it safer to use.
Once again, it is important that a risk assessment is carried out detailing risks and ways in which they can be reduced or eliminated.

Securing A Mezzanine Floor

When it comes to mezzanine flooring, it’s important that business owners look at ways that they can keep things safe for their workers. Mezzanine floors are a fantastic way to maximise the space in a warehouse, retail or other kind of unit but without the proper planning and advice it can be easy for businesses to fall short of their obligations.

As a minimum, mezzanine flooring should be fitted with handrails and edge protection
Hi-Level’s unique edge-protection system provides a functional and neat solution that integrates both a handrail and toe-plate together in one and is powder coated to give a durable finish with excellent gloss retention.

This kind of preventative measure can stop staff from injuring themselves while working at a height and prevent any important products or machinery from being damaged by a fall. Mesh panels could also be used to stop smaller objects from falling over the sides. Pallet gates are ideal for protecting staff from open areas, for example when loading pallets.

Mezzanine floors offer a perfect opportunity to maximise space for your business without the need for relocation. They can be designed with a number of safety features which make looking after your workers a priority. For more information or to discuss your needs call us on +44 (0)1730 237 190.

 

 

Installing A Mezzanine Floor With Minimum Fuss

For a busy distribution centre or manufacturing plant the idea of pausing business operations to move to new premises can be a daunting one. However, rather than moving into a new space it can make much more sense, both financially and commercially, to stay where you are.

Installation of a mezzanine floor doesn’t have to take a long time either. By choosing a company with in-house experts like Hi-Level Mezzanines who understand how your business works you can go from quote to installation with minimum fuss. Site safety should be always a primary focus during installation so it is important that your installation team follow appropriate protocols.

Once approval is given, manufacturing can commence. Parts are then ordered and delivered to the site in time to begin erecting your mezzanine floor. Final checks are then made and then the site is left clean and tidy ready for your work to recommence. All in all a far speedier alternative compared to selling your property and relocating elsewhere.

If you’re thinking about installing a mezzanine floor you want to be confident that you have the right people for the job. Hi Level installations are carried out through a network of specialist, locally based teams who are both experienced and qualified in the handling and build of mezzanine floors.

For more information about installing a mezzanine floor, call us on 01730 233223

The Process Of Building A Mezzanine Floor

Developing your existing business site doesn’t have to take a lifetime. Whether you need space to accommodate more stock, improve productivity or house assembly lines – a mezzanine floor provides a cost effective and fast solution.

Rather than enduring the costly and time consuming experience of uprooting from your current premises and finding somewhere new, the process of installing a mezzanine floor is relatively stress-free. Instead of dealing with a number of estate agents, solicitors and other points of contact – any client that has a Hi-Level Mezzanine floor installed will benefit from having a single point of contact throughout the whole process and will benefit from well trained, experienced advisers throughout.

Design

Mezzanine floors come in all shapes and sizes and serve a number of different purposes, but one thing they need to share in common is a well-planned design and fabricated in accordance with CE Marking.  Attention to detail is important and as such all of our floors are designed by Chartered Engineers. Our in-house designed computer system can assess all requirements and produce the most efficient floor design possible which can then be turned into detailed CAD drawings. All of our floors meet requirements for building regulations

Features

Under the law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. If employees are going to conduct their day to day duties on mezzanine flooring then it is important that an employer considers any potential risks or possible threats to their welfare. One such preventative measure that can be put in place is the use of edge protection. Protective handrails are required on all exposed edges of mezzanine floors; this protects staff from injuring themselves while working at a height and also stops any important products or machinery from being damaged by a fall. Mesh panels may also help prevent smaller items from falling over the sides.

Of course, safety isn’t the only reason to make adjustments to mezzanine flooring. A business might wish to make adjustments for visual reasons too.

If a business wants to make a big impression then company colours can be added to any ancillary items such as staircases, handrail and pallet gates which are powder coated to give a high corrosion resistance.  This is often important in retail environments where a brand image is of high importance.

As expected with a raised floor that makes the most of unused vertical space, staircases and handrails are integral. It is important to consider what kind of staircase would best fit the needs of a specific business as an industrial environment would require a very different design and finish to that of the staircase of a retail environment.

Pallet gates come in three different designs; either light weight, fail-safe roll-over , ‘sliding trombone’ type or a swing gate.  They are ideal for protecting staff from open areas, for example when they are loading standard size pallets. Pallet gates are robust and require very little maintenance.

When it comes to the decking of a mezzanine floor there are a variety of options but particle board, durbar plate and forge-welded gratings are among the most popular types of flooring available and suit all kinds of industries.

38mm Particle Board

38mm particle board is the most popular. It is a high density board and may come with optional moisture resistant, wear resistant and non-slip surface features. Moisture resistance may be particularly important for warehouses that suffer from leaks or spills.

Durbar Plate

Durbar plate is a hot-rolled structural steel floor plate that has an evenly distributed rand raised pattern. It copes well with heavy loads and the textured nature of the raised patterns give it extra grip.

Forge-Welded Gratings

For plant platforms, gangways and transfer aisles, forge-welded gratings are often a good choice.

Planning Permission And Building Regulations

Mezzanine floors are generally immune to planning permission as long as any proposed changes are internal and each floor is less than 200m². However, they do need to meet building regulations, so it is important that a supplier takes full responsibility to ensure that the mezzanine flooring meets with current regulations – fire escapes, disabled access, protection from fire, etc.

Building regulations require that any elevated areas within a warehouse, such as mezzanine floors require an ‘ambulant disabled staircase’. These staircases have specific requirements relating to tread, size of steps, landings and handrails and as such it is advised to consult a specialist to ensure a staircase meets the necessary legal requirements.

Fire safety plays a big part in the construction of a mezzanine floor.  It aims to slow the spread of fire and maintain structural integrity so as to allow enough time for employees to escape and fire fighters to rescue anyone trapped or in need of assistance. Fire protection can be achieved through a number of methods which can give early warning, prevent fire and slow its growth, such as:

  • Suspended ceilings
  • Column casings
  • Cavity barriers
  • Bulkheads / fascias
  • Staircase enclosures
  • Fire walls
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Smoke detection systems

Quality Standards

Production management systems – like Hi-level’s iQD, ensure that the most efficient design is produced based on a business’s unique set of requirements. It creates fast CAD draughting, details output and puts together accurate production scheduling based on manufacturing and installation team availability as well as working from current steel prices to give an accurate quote to a customer.

Installation Process

The process of installing a mezzanine floor doesn’t need to be lengthy and by choosing a company with in-house experts a business can have a speedy transition from quote to installation with a minimum of fuss.

During the first stages, site surveys and inspections are conducted and qualified-surveyors will look over the potential site to understand its requirements. A computerised production management system is then used to produce accurate quotations, production schedules, management information, detailed CAD drawings, materials procurement, manufacturing drawings and installation scheduling.

Once all schedules, quotes and design plans are agreed upon the installation team who will install the mezzanine flooring will then be booked.

After clearance is given in relation to building regulations, manufacturing will commence. Once the parts are ordered and produced they are delivered to the site in time for the installation teams to erect the full structure. Final ‘snagging’ concludes the installation with any necessary tweaks and changes before customer satisfaction forms are signed and the site is left clean and tidy ready for work to recommence.

For more information about installing a mezzanine floor, call us on 01730 233223

For other uses of mezzanine floors, please have a read of our guide to the uses of a mezzanine floor

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What our clients say

“I used Hi-Level to install a two tier mezzanine structure with fire protection and staircase enclosures. Hi-Level conducted themselves with utmost professionalism whilst on site, our health and safety policies were adhered to the letter and the finish was to a very high standard, to specification and within budget”.
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