Choosing the Best Equipment for your Loading Dock

Loading and offloading activities are inevitable for any large facility, whether it is a retail outlet, plant, warehouse, or a grocer. A loading dock is a place where your company receives supplies and your products are shipped off to the customers. The increased activities at the dock and the various risks involved make it a dangerous environment for workers. Therefore, getting the necessary equipment not only reduces the risks but also protects the offloading team from danger leading to increased productivity and efficiency.

Most docks will have small doorways, improper bumper projections, excessive slopes, and gravel approaches making the loading process a little bit difficult. The loading dock equipment helps in speeding up traffic and minimizing the loading or offloading costs and risks. Some of the essential equipment in most docks includes:

• Wheel Chocks

They are wedge-shaped blocks placed in front of the rear wheel of a trailer to prevent it from moving away during loading. They protect the loading and unloading crew from any accidents that may occur if a trailer moves away from the dock leveler. OSHA requires the use of wheel chocks while loading or unloading a truck.

• Dock Levelers

They come in different forms including mechanical levelers, air powered, and hydraulic levelers. They fill the gap between the storage space and the trailer during the loading process. They improve the safety and efficiency of employees during the offloading process. The dock leveler should have the proper structural strength to handle the gross load weight and the frequency of use. You should also consider the speed of your lift trucks during the purchase of levelers.

• Dock Seals

Dock seals help in maintaining the cool air inside the storage facility and provide an effective barrier for improved dock safety and energy efficiency. The seals consist of a rubber canvas, which covers the gap between the dock and the trailer’s entrance, therefore, maintaining the normal environmental conditions in a dock.

Factors to Consider while Choosing Equipment for Loading Docks

The type of the loading dock equipment used varies depending on the needs of a business. The employees’ safety should be the number one factor to consider while purchasing the equipment. You should also have in mind the space that the dock occupies, the type of truck you will be using, and the weight of the loads. Check on the durability and reliability of equipment to ensure that they can withstand a lot of friction. Keeping the equipment in good condition is important, but you should make sure that the equipment has low maintenance costs before purchasing.


Getting the right equipment for your loading dock not only helps in maintaining the safety of the workers, but it also boosts their productivity. Therefore, business owners should consider doing a thorough research before purchasing an item. Other equipment that may improve the efficiency and safety on a dock include the dock board, dock bumpers, dock lifts, and dock shelters among others. The choice of one over the other depends on the safety it provides and the role that it completes in during loading. If you need additional resources, Wilcox Door Service Inc. may be able to offer you more information on their website.

Why Canadian Businesses Must Stop Smoking In The Workplace

Smoking is banned in all workplaces in Canada. There are also varying laws, depending on the jurisdiction regarding when a workplace will have ventilated smoking rooms, when a workplace will allow workers to smoke outside the building and what distance the workers need to be from the building. There is also a total federal smoking ban on all federal workplaces.

Smoking Is Great For Employee Health

Restricting smoking is part of a complete health and safety program. The cigarette smoke that workers experience is just part of the many health risks that employees can experience on a daily basis.

Smoking Costs Money

In addition to the health risks associated with smoking, smokers can cost businesses money in various other ways. For example, worker absenteeism and lost productivity as a result of smoke breaks can result. Smoking can also cause damage to the property and it can be more expensive to clean up after smokers. Ash trays and the removal of stains caused by smoking adds to the workload of the workplace.

Smoking Can Contaminate Food And Beverages

Another concern is the effect that smoking has on customers when smoking is performed in a location where food and beverages are handled. Even if a smoker goes on a smoke break, his or her hands can have cigarette residue that can contaminate food and beverages. Therefore, it is important that workers be required to wash their hands when returning to work after a smoke break. One exception is in food service locations where smoking as traditionally been present, such as in bars. Whether smoking is allowed in these locations can vary by jurisdiction.

Smoking Can Create A Fire Hazard

Another concern is the effect that smoking can have on other hazards that are present in the environment. If smoking has the risk of causing a fire or explosion, anti-smoking WHMIS labels are necessary.

Safety Labels Are Often Essential

If you would like to restrict smoking, one way to articulate this is through smoking safety labels. There are WHMIS symbols that will clearly articulate the smoking is forbidden even for those who speak English as a second language. A WHMIS classification label will clarify the type of hazard that exists. The labels are highly convenient and should be stuck in locations that are highly visible. Also, as labels become damaged and illegible, they should be replaced.

If your business has a large number of labels that it needs to use, it is recommended that you purchase a label maker that can print out the labels that you need. Then, it will be much easier to replace old labels with new ones and remain in compliance. The ICC Compliance Center website may provide additional insights if you need more information.