At Storage Equipment Experts, we provide load notices for racking systems which don’t have them. Our SEMA approved racking inspectors can use their skills & related manufacturers data to figure out the safe maximum load capacity of your system and create a load notice which adheres to HSE and EU law.
What Are Load Notices?
Load notices are signs which tell end users of racking how to use, how to not to use, and how to safely maintain a particular system. Load notices are vital and need to be clearly displayed. Without them, end users run the risk of overloading their systems. In worst case scenarios, this can lead to racking collapses — which can be fatal.
Is it a Legal Requirement for Racking Systems to Have Load Notices in the UK?
According to HSE’s HSG76 Warehousing and storage: a guide to health and safety, all racking systems require load notices. HSE refer to SEMA as an example of how a load notice should look. This is because SEMA helped to develop the way most racking system load notices look today alongside the EU and HSE.
An EU Directive combined with HSE law and SEMA influence means that load notices legally need to look a certain way. In other words, all load notices need to be SEMA style load notices. If your racking system doesn’t have a load notice, you are running counter to HSE’s advice. If your load notice doesn’t use the SEMA, EU, and HSE approved style, you are running counter to the law.
Is it a Legal Requirement for Racking Systems to Have Load Notices in Ireland?
In HSA’s advice on warehouse safety, they refer to HSE’s HSG76. HSG76 states that all racking systems require load notices. What is more, as a member of the EU, Ireland is also bound by the same EU directive on the way load notices need to look.
In short, much like in the UK, if your racking system doesn’t have a load notice, you are running counter to HSA’s advice. If your load notice doesn’t use the SEMA, EU, and HSA approved style, you are running counter to the law.
What Should Load Notices Look Like?
Legally, load notices in the UK and Ireland should look as HSE, HSA, the EU, and SEMA recommend. For pallet racking systems, here’s an example of what a load notice should look like:
For cantilever racking systems, load notices should look like this:
Both notices follow the EU approved system. Red circular signs with white backgrounds and black pictograms are used for prohibition. Yellow triangular signs with black pictograms or text are used for warning. Blue rectangular signs with white pictograms or text are used for mandatory actions.
Not pictured is a green rectangular sign with white pictograms or text. Those are used for instruction, but a load notice doesn’t give any instructions because it doesn’t need to.
All SEMA approved racking systems come with SEMA, HSE, HSA, and EU approved load notices which adhere to the law.
What Should I Do If My Racking System Doesn’t Have a Load Notice?
HSE recommends that all racking systems have load notices and it is a legal requirement that your load notice is styled like the ones above.
If you don’t have a load notice on your racking system, contact us for a FREE no obligation quote on providing a load notice for your racking system. Our SEMA approved racking inspectors have years of experience in identifying the limitations of a racking system. As such, we are the perfect choice for providing load notices for your racking.
We operate all over the UK and Ireland, so contact us today for a no obligation quote on load notices, SEMA approved racking inspections, or racking inspection training.