What are the HSE Guidelines for Racking Safety?

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are the branch of the British government that is responsible for all things to do with health and safety. What do they have to say about racking safety? Well, here’s a brief look at their general thoughts on the topic.

Has your contractor attended a SEMA course?

Lazy assumptions are an enemy of safety, and HSE know that this is definitely the case when it comes to racking safety. If there is third party racking maintenance, or any third party work in your warehouse, HSE states that “it is not sufficient to assume that they are competent and working safely”. Rather, you should be vigilant and rigorous in this respect. Is your contractor SEMA certified? Are the techniques that they are using safe? Your role, and your responsibility, is to make sure that you are absolutely confident that you know the answers to those questions.

Installing warehouse racking requires careful planning

Plan, plan, and then plan some more is what HSE has to say about racking system installations. At best, failure to do this will lead to an inefficient workspace. At worst, it will lead to a dangerous one. The layout of your racking system and the layout of your warehouse are two things that need to be planned together. Business writer Stefan Topfer argues that “planning is one of the most important parts of running a business” and this advice applies to your warehouse too. Your newest marketing campaign won’t be worth anything if your warehouse cannot store enough of your product due to uneven surfaces, badly spaced aisles, or bad maneuverability within the warehouse. To make sure that your racking is installed properly, and that the layout is planned effectively, HSE recommend that warehouse owners use people who have undergone SEMA training.

Follow HSE advice with regular racking inspections

Once your racking has been installed, it needs to be maintained. One way of doing this is through proper use: racking should be highly visible, protected physically, never climbed on, and never overloaded. However, beyond that, HSE also recommend having a racking inspection by a SEMA approved racking inspector (a SARI) at least once a year. Moreover, HSE advise that racking inspections are done regularly by employees within the business itself. Here at SEMA racking inspections, we provide racking inspection training delivered by SEMA approved racking inspectors so that your business can take racking safety into its own hands as well.

Is your warehouse due for a SEMA approved racking inspection? Follow HSE’s sound advice and contact SEMA today for a quote on a SEMA approved racking inspection.

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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