Although it's often overlooked, materials storage and handling can make a significant contribution to cost savings. Furniture manufacturers can minimise waste in storage areas by:
- reducing exposure to water and dramatic changes in temperature
- maintaining supplier-recommended levels of temperature and humidity in your materials store
- carrying out good housekeeping that minimises damage, spillages and spoilage of stored raw materials, such as by installing a well-designed racking system
You can reduce waste from materials handling by:
- developing systems and procedures that reduce the risk of accidents and materials damage
- using the correct equipment to move materials
- ensuring delivery staff are fully trained and can carry products on and off vehicles safely and efficiently
You can reduce waste from materials processing by:
- using good dust extraction systems
- controlling process waste on the shop floor
- ensuring solvents and other hazardous substances are managed safely
- separating materials to ensure the safe use of bins and skips for waste
Dust is a major issue for all furniture manufacturers. You must have efficient dust-extraction systems to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.
Installing small wood-combustion plants and wood-burning boilers is a cost-effective way of reusing wood waste. Ensure that any installations meet legal requirements such as emission limits and permits.