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The Difference Between Federal and State OSHA

November 24, 2020

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the most well-known source of workplace safety standards, state agencies also create regulations that protect workers from on-the-job injury or illness. In order to stay compliant, employers must follow the right set of standards — and the differences between federal and state laws can be considerable. Let’s start at the federal… Continue Reading

 

Battery Roller Stands or Single Level System Stands: Which is Right for Your Forklift Battery Room?

November 18, 2020

Forklift fleet managers across the world rely on BHS, Inc. for all of their battery handling needs. We provide a comprehensive line of battery room solutions, from a single Magnetic Cable Mount (CR-M) to a full Operator Aboard Battery Extractor System. And while we offer 10 models of Forklift Battery Stands, plus custom designs on request, two in particular can… Continue Reading

 

Sheet Material Storage Racks: Vertical vs. Horizontal

November 11, 2020

Few materials in the construction warehouse are as tricky to handle as sheet metal. Aluminum or steel, sheet metal’s sharp edges and awkward sizes place a strain on workers. They can also strain the bottom line, adding costs in both staffing and warehousing space. One solution is to find the ideal balance between storage footprint and easy access, whether you’re… Continue Reading

 

Pit-Mounted Lift Tables: Industries and Applications

October 28, 2020

Lift Tables provide a solution for lifting heavy materials, whether the goal is to position them for ergonomic work or to elevate them to a mezzanine level. With the right safety features, Scissor Lifts can even lift personnel to improve work positioning. However, not all Lift Tables are suitable for all types of loading. Most BHS Lift Tables have a… Continue Reading

 

The Difference Between Industrial Cable and Wire

October 23, 2020

On warehouse floors, the terms “cable” and “wire” are sometimes used interchangeably. Electrical and communications contractors sometimes use the words to describe the same products, too — but most understand the key differences. Put simply, a wire is a single conductor and a cable is a group of conductors. A wire is often a single strand of a conductive material… Continue Reading

 

Choosing Between Custom Industrial Carts and Standard Models

October 20, 2020

Every material handling application needs transport carts, but sometimes an off-the-floor model can’t do the job. Still, it can be tempting to order a fleet of material handling carts from what’s available in the catalog. After all, aren’t custom industrial carts hard to find? And aren’t they a hassle to order? Not necessarily. BHS, Inc. is a U.S.-based manufacturer that… Continue Reading

 

Last Mile Delivery Ramps for Distribution Center Docks

October 16, 2020

In the United States, most warehouse docks stand somewhere between 45 and 55 inches above the ground. That range works for semi-trailers, even if it’s not an exact match for every bed height. Dock plates and edge-of-dock levelers can usually make up the difference, allowing safe, reasonably flat passage from dock to trailer and back.  But loading docks aren’t just… Continue Reading

 

Electrician Carts for Vendor Managed Inventory

September 23, 2020

Most of the electrical wholesalers in the United States are small businesses, typically with fewer than 50 employees. But major online retailers are also making a play for the industry. In one recent survey, 33 percent of electrical material distributors said that the greatest threat to continued success is Amazon Business. As large, online sellers increase their share of the… Continue Reading

 

The Electrician Shortage in U.S. Industry: How Material Handling Equipment Can Help

August 19, 2020

This is a great time to be an electrician, but it’s not a great time to hire one. There’s a shortage of electricians in the United States, and electrical distributors should provide additional products and value-added services to help contractors get more done with fewer workers. How serious is the electrician shortage? According to the National Electrical Contractors Association, 10,000… Continue Reading

 

Eye Wash Stations: Requirements for Forklift Battery Rooms

August 5, 2020

Safety is a particularly important consideration in the battery room, where employees regularly work with high-voltage electricity, corrosive materials, and heavy-duty equipment — all of which present serious hazards. Investments in battery room safety are vital for preventing and responding to accidents, and eye wash stations are especially important for accident response. OSHA’s requirements for battery room eye protection fall… Continue Reading