If you are considering mezzanine floors for your Melbourne warehouse or distribution centre, you will also need to consider how your staff will access the mezzanine floor and how you will move goods to and from the mezzanine level. The access and egress options you choose will be determined by what type of mezzanine you need.
From the mezzanine office to mezzanine storage platforms, mezzanine design makes the most out of your existing space and is a cheaper option to moving.
Typically, mezzanine floor designs for commercial warehouse space include:
Mezzanine flooring options provide additional storage or work areas, without interrupting the workflow of your employees.
Now that you have decided what type of mezzanine floor you require, you will need to decide how the mezzanine level will be accessed. Staircases are the most common and obvious option. They are perfect for office access and frequent access to storage mezzanines, or if staff need to carry small items up to and from the mezzanine level. Staircases are not just a means of access to a mezzanine; they can be a major architectural feature as well. Working in with the warehouse aesthetics, you can match to railings, incorporate landings and customise them to suit your purpose. Ladders, like the Stockmaster Mezzalad, are available for confined spaces. Folding flat against the wall when not in use, they are best for irregular or infrequent use. Since operators of ladders need to use both hands to avoid falling, ladders are clearly not appropriate if staff need to carry goods or clipboards. Therefore limit ladders to platforms that have other access or egress options installed. Lifts are a great option, not just for people, but goods as well. Goods lifts come ready made for standard sized pallets, or they can be customised to meet your requirements. There are even multi-tier lift options available if needed. And of course, the good old fashion forklift can be utilised to lift pallets of goods up on to a gated pallet area. Finally, there is the option of access via an adjoining, existing floor through the existing walls. Typically, this happens when extending already existing mezzanine flooring for more office or storage space.
If you are constantly moving large, heavy or bulky items on to and off the mezzanine, along with the forklift and pallet system you can also incorporate:
These alternatives provide quick and safe access for goods, to and from mezzanines. Protecting your staff as well as stock.
As you examine the options for mezzanine access, remember to keep safety in mind. While mezzanine storage platforms are protected with safety rails, there are access points where ladders join onto the platform or at load/unload points that may be unprotected. That’s where specialized safety gates can be of value, for the prevention of injury. Providing your employees and goods easy access to mezzanine floors, may not appear to be as straight forward as you think. However, the friendly staff at Dynamic Warehouse Solutions, are happy to help you choose the right access option for your Melbourne mezzanine floor design.