Orderly arrangement is essential to efficient operation of storehouses. All items, whether stored in bins, bays, in bulk or in original containers should be so arranged that nomenclature and quantity may be readily determined. Efficient storage demands the maximum utilization of space with a minimum amount of labor. Where practical, labor should be conserved by use of modern materials handling equipment and storage aids. Fast-moving items should be stored in convenient locations from which they can be issued with minimum handling. Stock of individual items or classes of items should be segregated to facilitate handling, and inventorying.
(a) Protection. Types of property should be stored according to the kind of protection required. Protection requirements will vary greatly with the types of commodities stocked. All items must be protected from fire and theft. Certain items require protection from dampness, heat, and hazardous characteristics, and are stored separate from other stocks. These factors, as well as maximum protection of property against all causes of deterioration or destruction, must be considered in selecting proper storage locations.
(b) Rotation. Stock rotation is based on the general storage principle of "first in, first out". The fact that many items, for example, perishables, foodstuffs, medicines, paints, chemicals, etc., are subject to deterioration or infestation, requires that the oldest stock be issued first.History: Rule 3-78, eff 17 Apr 78, 300 GASM § 7.3.