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How Has The Warehouse Shaped Our Ideas Of Culture And Safety?

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Warehouses are a strange contradiction; they are both easy to ignore and impossible to live without. Like smartphones, they have entirely wormed their way into our lives and have changed the way we live our lives too. However, unlike smartphones, the modern warehouse does not receive the same frenetic media attention, and perhaps it should.

The Industrial Revolution, the birth of the modern warehouse, and the birth of pallet racking inspection training

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At Storage Equipment Experts, we have spoken before about the link between the development of the modern warehouse and its relationship with the Industrial Revolution. We have also spoken about how the Industrial Revolution lead to some of the first safety regulations, paving the way for pallet racking inspection training. In essence, it’s fair to say that all three are heavily connected. If it were not for the Industrial Revolution, we would not have the sort of warehouses and workplace safety standards that we do today. And if it weren’t for warehouses and workplace safety standards, the Industrial Revolution would have run out of steam as storage failed and accidents skyrocketed.

The Industrial Revolution may have helped to create the culture of excess that we have today, a culture that we often take for granted, but it couldn’t have done it without warehouses and warehouse safety.

The effect of the warehouse on art, music, theatre, and culture

Warehouses are practical animals, and their sheer size can make an impression on artists. Their squareness largeness, at first glance, appears to laugh at the very idea of aesthetic or beauty. However, many artists see beauty in their simplicity. In 2013, art critic Mat Gleason claimed that warehouses were becoming the new normal for art gallery installations across Los Angeles. And this wasn’t some small trend either. He believed the idea was spreading and he even dubbed it the beginning of “The Warehouse Era”. And in music, the harsh acoustics of an empty warehouse have been cited as the driving influence behind Berlin’s techno scene in the late 80s and early 90s.

In theatre, warehouses have long been the ideal venue for certain kinds of performances. The natural echo created by a warehouse makes it great for unmiked performances that can be both loud and intimate at the same time. Moreover, the size and space of a warehouse allow for a variety of staging styles, from minimalist to over-the-top design. The success of venues like Donmar Theatre is proof of this. To date, productions made at the Donmar Theatre have won 43 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Why do artists gravitate towards the predictability, rules, and pallet racking inspection training associated with warehouses and warehouse safety?

Warehouses are known for warehouse safety, and this means that the space can be experimented with by artists to a large degree without risk of danger. The same cannot be said of all arts’ spaces. It’s strange to think that the necessarily rigid practice of warehouse safety and pallet racking inspection training allows artists so much freedom and creativity. However, the history of art bears the idea out. Perhaps the safety and security of a warehouse is appealing to people who work in the arts, where so much can be uncertain. Warehouses are sturdy, safe, and things like storage systems, HSE regulations, pallet racking inspection training gives them a predictable structure. The contrasts entirely with so many art forms, yet the uniformity of the warehouse gives an artist knowable boundaries for their expression. Sort of like the borders on a canvas for paintings, or the hour time-limit that many Edinburgh Fringe performances give themselves, or a word limit for a writer.

Warehouses and warehouse safety have given us much more than a means to store washing machines or lawn mowers. And warehouses are not just important for hardhat-wearing safety aficionados. There is art, music, theatre, and an entire lifestyle that would not exist without warehouses, warehouse safety, and pallet racking inspection training.

Now that you know how important pallet racking inspection training is, why not book a course for your business? Contact Storage Equipment Experts for a pallet racking inspection training course from the most knowledgeable SEMA approved rack inspector in the UK.

A SEMA approved racking inspector (SARI), Justin is one of less than forty SARIs to be approved by SEMA to inspect both pallet racking and cantilever racking systems. As the owner of Storage Equipment Experts, Justin delivers rack safety inspections and rack safety inspection training to businesses across the UK. Justin has also written for a variety of publications (including EHS Today, OHS Online, Supply Chain Brain, Small Business, and E27) on a variety of health and safety related topics.Justin remains committed to delivering racking inspection services to businesses across the country. So, whether your business is based in Cardiff or Carlisle, Derry or Derby, Ipswich or Inverness, Storage Equipment Experts will be there. Contact SEE today for racking inspection training from the best in the business.
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