3 reasons why you should use stainless steel steps and gantries
Do you have outdoor steps? Are you worried about people slipping and seriously injuring themselves? Stainless Steel Manufacturing & Equipment (SSME) – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of stainless steel equipment – can help.
We understand that steps, both indoors and out, are a notorious hot spot for accidents – especially when wet.
Although appropriate footwear (i.e. shoes with good grip) and regular cleaning are crucial for preventing hazards, you may also consider using a stainless steel step unit or gantry.
What are stainless steel step units and gantries?
Stainless steel step units are designed for durability and safety when working at height. Some units are manoeuvrable whilst others are static, but they’re always enclosed within a sturdy handrail to keep users as safe as possible.
Stainless steel steps are extremely popular in the food and pharmaceutical industries – and it’s not surprising given the metal’s formidable strength and inherent resistance to corrosion and chemicals.
A gantry is a type of shelving that is often employed in catering environments. While stainless steel gantries can present food and keep products at the optimum temperature, they can also provide a platform for a food preparation station.
Below we look at the top three reasons why you should use stainless steel step units and gantries.
1. Improve accessibility
When it comes to providing staff with flexible, safe access over a range of heights, you can’t go wrong with stainless steel step units and gantries.
These bespoke products make it possible for staff to work at height safely – meaning they no longer have to balance on wobbly tables, climb on shelves, or pull a muscle from overstretching.
Another great thing is they are easy to manoeuvre. You can conveniently move them from one area to the next or they can be built specially to support machines, providing you with a solid platform to work from.
2. Maximise safety
Available with various non-slip surfaces, stainless steel steps and gantries ensure the safety of workers whilst simultaneously allowing them to reach equipment or machinery up high. Using a step unit won’t put any strain on the body either, reducing the risk of staff sustaining an injury at work and seeking compensation.
Although all our movable step units and gantries are made bespoke, they come with fixed castors and stabilisers to prevent any unnecessary movement.
3. Maintain hygienic standards
The standard of cleanliness is exceptionally high in hygienic environments, such as hospitals, commercial kitchens, food processing areas, and pharmaceutical plants, to name just a few.
Unlike other metals, stainless steel is simple to clean. All it takes is a quick wipe down with warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth to keep dirt and bacteria at bay.
Not only do the stainless steel gantries and steps we provide at SSME make it possible to sanitise hard to reach areas, but they are also ISO 9001 compliant and designed to meet the latest health and safety requirements.
Ready to take the next step?
If your industry could benefit from stainless steel steps and gantries, be sure to take a look at the different options we supply.
Alternatively, if you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at SSME. We are always on hand to share our expertise and will be more than happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.