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The Good & the Bad of Materials Storage

Where and how to store materials and items that are donated to a ReStore can be a good question. Building materials for future jobs need to be stored. Donated items need cleaning or repair before putting out for sale. And sometimes there is just too little space to put even the little stuff. This can lead to improper and unsafe storage by piling, crowding and overloading.Material storage is also typically a focus point during a ReStore Safety Review, and needs to be taken seriously.

This OSHA document titled Materials Handling and Storing (http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2236.pdf) is applicable in a ReStore environment, and provides lots of great information on storing, handling, stacking, using equipment and machinery in a warehouse, and much more.

In addition to this manual, we’ve highlight “Good” ways and “Bad” ways of storing materials and items.

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GOOD Storage Practices:

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BAD Storage Practices:

Following these safe storage tips will help keep your staff and shoppers safe. If you notice a “bad” storage practice happening in your ReStore or warehouse, speak up and fix it! Safely organizing a ReStore and warehouse is a team effort.

If you have questions about this article, other safe storage practices you’d like to share, contact us at (888) 553-9002 or email us.

We’re also happy to help you develop a Safety Plan for your ReStore. If you’d like to discuss this service, contact the HFHI U.S. Safety Specialist, Don Hartle, at (404) 420-6730.