Rack Safety Standards
Rack Safety (SEA) Pte Ltd provides a swift and cost-effective Annual Rack Safety inspection report for your Adjustable Pallet Racking Systems (APRS) within the framework of statutory safety requirements.
The inspection is performed by a SEMA-Certified inspector. Following this inspection, a professional report is presented containing the description of the general condition of the installation (floor, usage, lifting device, load), and an overview of the measures to be taken, classified into risk categories depending on the severity of the damage and the urgency of the repair.
Risks associated with storage systems
Storage systems are metal storage structures of which the dangers are often very greatly underestimated by the users.
One of the greatest risks is the structure itself collapsing. Such systems in fact tend to suffer from a problem that such as:
- the structural rigidity
- collective negligence of users.
Causes of Pallet Racking Failures
Adjustable Pallet Racking Systems (APRS) often fail or collapse, in part or in whole for a number of reasons. Material Handling Equipment (MHE i.e. either diesel forklifts, battery driven stacker / reach truck etc.), which load the racks with pallets often collide with them, causing material to be displaced or damaging the racking itself. Pallets and Material or both sometimes falls through the back of the racks. Let’s look at the implication and causes that contributes to the APRS failures.
HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS
There are distinct advantages for providing a safe and healthy working environment for our staff, reducing instances of accidents and ill health. It is critical that we maintain appropriate levels of resources to ensure our health and safety principles are maintained within the organization as this area is of prime importance to us.
The latest Health and Safety guide HSG75 (United Kingdom) states:
Guarantee racking safety by inspecting regularly to make sure it is repaired and maintained properly.
You should use three types of inspection:
- Immediate reporting of damage and defects
- Visual inspections at regular intervals
- Expert inspections carried out at regular intervals by a competent person
In addition, you need the following:
- Annual / monthly rack safety inspection to satisfy yourselves that your APRS conforms to the current guidelines identified by SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association).
- Rack safety inspection where MHE like fork lift truck movements are frequent. Generally, the greater the activity the greater the need for inspections.
- Rack safety inspection to identify damaged components. Damaged or missing components significantly increase the risk of racking failure.
- Independent and external rack safety inspection to provide evidence that you take the safety of your personnel seriously and take the appropriate action to provide a safe working environment including replacing damaged APRS (Adjustable Pallet Racking System) components.
- Rack safety inspection to ensure your APRS (Adjustable Pallet Racking System) remains serviceable and fit for the purpose to facilitate the continued and effective operation of your business.
SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) UK clearly and explicitly defines the responsibilities that the user of the APRS (Adjustable Pallet Racking System). As the structures of APRS (Adjustable Pallet Racking System) is not only an issue in terms of their design, large extent influenced by the conditions of use and the regular maintenance, these aspects are also described in detail in the standard. A regular inspection is clearly the responsibility of the user.
In addition to imposing standards on how storage systems must be designed and calculated by manufacturers, most operators are unaware of the hidden dangers. With regular and proper checking of the APRS (Adjustable Pallet Racking System) is a must. However small defects, which are not detected / repaired in good time, shall result in higher costs later, or serious accidents if mitigating factors is not carried out .
Primary task of every manager / operator is to exercise due diligence in avoiding risks, unnecessary costs or even fatalities.
Inspections should be carried out at a minimum of 6-12 month intervals
The annual rack safety inspections are carried out during ongoing operations using visual inspections and provide you with a written audit report. The report will include the details of any rectification work required and the priority of the work to be undertaken. Systematic inspections increase safety and generate potential savings.
Rack Safety (SEA) Pte Ltd provides Annual Rack Safety Inspection by SEMA Certified rack safety inspector as well as Qualified and Competent safety inspectors. Conducts Rack Safety Awareness training for warehouse operators. We have a comprehensive range of rack related products and services to improve the safety of the warehouse facility.