5 Tips for Safely Using Pallet Wrap in Your Warehouse

By Fiona Thompson

Have you ever worked in a warehouse? Then you know how backbreaking it can be. Believe it or not, without the proper equipment and training, a traditional warehouse can be a dangerous place for workers. The accidents that can occur can be large or small, but they can happen. That said, most of them can be avoided with preparation and understanding. And, remember, it isn’t just the human body that can be affected, but also products. With constant movement, shifting and packaging, shipping and handling accidents can be both dangerous and costly so this, too, must be prevented.

How can you prevent this from transpiring? It’s simple: use stretch wrap before you do shipping.

Here are five tips for safely using pallet wrap in your warehouse:

1. Grab a Pair of Gloves Now

For anyone who works inside of a warehouse, you should know by now that heavy-duty gloves are essential for any task you work on. If you don’t own a pair, then buy one right now.

If you’re the person in charge of wrapping the loads, then be sure to wear your gloves when you’re using stretch wrap. Yes, the risks are minimal, but it is still best to sport them in one of those just-in-case scenarios.

2. Have Your Stretch Wrap? Now Use Your Tool

Yes, it can be tedious to wrap your loads. You’re going around and around…and around.

To make your job a bit easier, it would be a wise idea to use an anchor wrap tool. Rather than holding pallet wrap and making a mess of the job, an anchor wrap tool can guide you and ensure that the wrapping is efficiently completed and the goods are well protected.

3. Walk Around the Load Slowly – Start from the Bottom

When you start to wrap the shipments, you will need to go around and around until it is fully wrapped. It is best to start slowly and gradually increase your speed.

Moreover, you will need to start from the bottom, work your way and then return back down to the bottom. This will guarantee that the heavy shipments are shielded from any potential damage.

4. Be Sure to Wrap the Bottom Three Times

Just before you head upstairs, you will need to remember to wrap the bottom three times. The bottom is the most important part of the shipment so this is required. Also, when you get to the top, wrap it two times; and when you return to the bottom, wrap it another two times.

5. Cut the Stretch Wrap from the Anchor

By the end of it all, you just want to rip apart the stretch wrap and start all over again. However, this is the worst way to do it. Instead of tearing it apart, grab a pair of industrial scissors and cut the stretch wrap. This will prevent you from hurting your work and save you some stretch wrap – employers don’t like it when you waste even an inch of the wrap.