“Certain segments, such as healthcare, are required by law to have lockable sections on their carts,” says Lelarge.

Reed agrees, noting that lockable sections prevent theft and keep building occupants safe.

“Think of a nursing home, where having hazardous cleaning chemicals within easy reach could be fatal to an individual not fully aware of the consequences of ingesting or mixing the items that they find,” she says.

Today’s carts allow most sections to be locked if the customer desires. Cloth compartments, trash boxes, laundry sections, chemical storage, all can be secured — a common trend in today’s marketplace, say manufacturers.

Cart Construction

What the cart is made of is also important, notes Reed. She explains that customers now want sleek, attractively designed carts constructed out of easy-to-clean materials. Stainless steel and durable plastics top the list of choices.

“End-users want carts that are easy to clean and won’t rust, peel or fade,” she explains.

Murphy adds that stainless steel is often a popular choice in hospital settings because the material is easily cleaned and non-porous, so germs do not collect on it. Satisfying sustainable initiatives, the material is also fully recyclable when the carts are no longer in use.

Carts with a metal frame, but plastic drawers and boxes also make sense to keep the weight down, says Sean Tinhol, senior product manager for TASKI tools and machines at Sealed Air Diversey Care.

Whether departments need the added perks or just the essentials, the next time managers add carts to the operation, think beyond price. There are many choices available that can make workers more efficient and safe, which can improve the departmental bottom line.

RONNIE GARRETT is a freelance writer based in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

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