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Logistics warehouse risk management and operational safety

Eric Ammirati • 5/23/2024

Modern logistics warehouses can assist in risk management to ensure the safety of operations, minimizing potential risks and ensuring the continuity of operations.

In recent years, we have seen with some frequency news about incidents in logistics and industrial operations of different sizes, which lead to serious financial losses and a high risk to the physical integrity of workers, in reported cases of fires.

Therefore, adopting measures that guarantee safety in logistics warehouses is essential and this process begins when choosing the space.

In this article we will address the main points regarding fire safety in logistics warehouses.

Are logistics condominiums safer?
When we talk about high-standard logistics condominiums, the most recent developments, delivered in the last 10 years, have a very high quality technical set, with state-of-the-art fire systems inside the warehouses and common areas.

One of the advantages of being installed in a modern logistics condominium is being able to count on a fire system that meets the highest safety standards, including the global standards necessary to meet not only the requirements and regulations of the Fire Department, but also the insurance companies that require greater care when choosing the most suitable warehouse.

Fire safety systems
In recent times, several incidents involving fires have been recorded in logistics warehouses. Recently, a large fire hit a logistics company warehouse in Barueri, metropolitan region of São Paulo. The fire also affected a tire warehouse.

The most complete models of fire systems in logistics warehouses rely on a combination of extinguishers, hydrants and sprinklers, including upright sprinklers to protect structures, so that operations above 4,000 m² can be carried out without the need to create internal walls to reduce risks.

Precautions for flammable materials
Installations such as generator sets and flammable materials (fuel and paint) must be located in a segregated area, outside the main structure, in an open but screened room, reservoirs capable of storing a sufficient quantity in liters to prevent the flames from spreading.

Regarding paints and varnishes, these must also be stored in a segregated area, kept on shelves and covered correctly.

To ensure there is no structural collapse, there is the possibility of using flame-retardant paints, which in the event of a fire delay the heating of the main structures, giving greater time for evacuation and firefighting.

These items are essential for possible incidents to be controlled quickly.

Commercial and technical support
Assessing the physical condition of the property, especially the fire system when considering a logistics warehouse to occupy, is essential to minimize the risk of losses and protect your business and team.

Our team of experts in real estate transactions has in its portfolio the best industrial and logistics properties, selected according to each occupant profile, as well as technical support to help with your real estate occupation journey and enhance your business.

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