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Are Racking Inspections a Legal Requirement in the UK?

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No, but several pieces of legislation and government guidance suggest they are a good idea. HSE’s guidance mentioned above recommends yearly SEMA approved racking inspections and regular racking inspections from competent staff.

Then there are the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). These regulations outline the need for work equipment — which includes racking — to be inspected after installation or if the equipment is damaged in any way.

Finally, there is EN 15635. This European standard states that racking should be inspected by an expert at least once a year. This mirrors HSE’s advice on the topic. Though this European Standard doesn’t mention SEMA approved racking inspectors specifically, HSE does and so using SEMA approved racking inspectors for your expert inspections will be enough to comply with this European Standard.

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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