Pallet racking inspections need to be carried out every 12 months by a SEMA approved inspector. SEMA set the guidelines for what degree of damage is acceptable in warehouse pallet racking and other associated products. HSE guidelines recommend that you use a racking supplier who is also a SEMA member.
Accidents can happen in any warehouse, so regular inspections are the key. Small changes throughout the year could unknowingly create environments where accidents can happen. Over time general bumps and moving of goods can create problems. A SEMA approved pallet racking inspection carried out each year will help spot the changes and put in place solutions to keep the warehouse safe.
Annual inspection’s can indicate areas where improvements might need to be made. Such as installing safety barrier’s in high areas of traffic. We have a team of SEMA approved racking inspectors who can carry out your annual pallet racking inspections giving you piece of mind.
What is SEMA?
SEMA stands for Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association. It is a private organisation which helps to advise HSE about storage equipment safety.
SEMA Code of Practice
Colour Coding System
SEMA has a colour coding system of Red, Amber and Green: is used for assessing damage to structural components of a racking system. Where damage is detected it should be assessed and the racks offloaded according to the severity of damage as covered below:
Red: Red indicates that the rack is well outside the limits of the SEMA code and it should be off-loaded immediately and not used again until it has been repaired.
Amber: Amber means that it is outside the SEMA code, but the rack does not have to be immediately off-loaded. However, when it is off-loaded it should not be used again until the problem has been attended to.
Green: Green means that an item is damaged but is within the SEMA code. It can be used but must be monitored.
Annual Pallet Racking Inspections
An annual inspection will usually take less than half a day, and as with many things in life, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is so important to have your racking inspected. Click here to see some videos of racking collapsing and why you should always ensure racking is inspected annually.
We can carry out pallet racking inspections across the North of England in major cities such as Leeds, Bradford, York, Harrogate, Middlesborough, Sunderland, and Newcastle and regions such as across Yorkshire and Teesside.
Call our expert team here at 2h Storage on 01937 585057.