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Racking Inspection Legislation

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Current legislation from HSE requires an employer to ensure that pallet racking is inspected on a regular basis and to maintain correct health and safety conditions. Your racking needs to be inspected annually by a SEMA approved racking inspector but also regularly by a “technically competent” employee within your company. In order to make sure that your employee has the skills needed to inspect your racking, Storage Equipment Experts offer a racking inspection training course run by one of our SEMA approved racking inspectors. Moreover, HSE requires that appropriate action is taken when any damage or defects to the racking are detected.

Maintaining best practices in your warehouse is crucial for the safety of employees and achieving legal compliance. It also assists the smooth running of warehouses and ultimately improves business.

However, it is not just HSE’s Warehousing and Storage: A Guide to Health and Safety that recommends regular racking inspections by a SEMA approved racking inspector. Pallet racking is classed as “work equipment” and is therefore subject to a regular pallet racking inspection under current Health and Safety Legislation.  Section 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) states that “every employer” needs to be sure that their “equipment is maintained in an efficient state”.

Section 6 states that all work equipment should be inspected “after installation and before being put into service for the first time” and “after assembly at a new site or location”. Work equipment also needs to be inspected “at suitable intervals” and any time that “exceptional circumstances” mean that the equipment could be damaged.

For racking, HSE recommend SEMA approved racking inspectors for the installation, repair, and maintenance of your racking. A SEMA approved racking inspection is the safest and best option for your warehouse, so contact Storage Equipment Experts for a consultation from one of our SEMA approved racking inspectors.


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