General Rack Inspection FAQ
Do I have to inform SEMA of racking changes?
As long as your racking is safely assembled and installed according to SEMA Guidelines, you do not need to notify SEMA of any changes you make to your racking configuration. It is recommend that you have your racking inspected at least annually by a SEMA Approved Rack Inspector (SARI) along with regular visual inspection checks.
Do I need to be SEMA qualified to install racking?
No, you do not. However, it is strongly advised that you use installers that hold the Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme (SEIRS) qualification to install your pallet racking and storage systems. Mainly, because safety is of the utmost importance and a pallet racking system that is incorrectly installed can cause a serious accident if it is not assembled correctly.
What does a racking inspection report look like?
The report begins by detailing the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) guidelines; it will then highlight the various forms of storage systems that have been inspected, for example pallet racking, cantilever racking and mezzanine floors. Finally the location, manufacturer and description of the damage identified and action recommendations to follow up on based on a Red, Amber, Green traffic light risk scaling. You can view a sample rack inspection report here.
Does the HSE state that warehouse racking needs to be checked?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that you should carry out three levels of checking. Immediate reporting of damage and defects, visual inspections at regular intervals and an expert inspection carried out at least annually by a competent person. The highest level of expertise and competency is a SEMA Approved Rack Inspector, or SARI for short.
Does shelving require a SEMA inspection?
All storage equipment, including shelving is classed as work equipment under the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998. Therefore shelving does require a regular inspection to ensure it is safe, particularly if it is in the vicinty of where materials handling equipment such as forklifts is used because damage will be more common.
How often should racking be inspected?
There are no set timings that your racking should be inspected. However the HSE "Warehouse and Storage Keeping it Safe" document states that the frequency of inspection should include the immediate reporting of damage, visual inspections carried out at weekly or other regular intervals based on risk assessment, and at least once per year by a technically competent person.
How often should a mobile racking system be inspected?
Mobile racking systems are more complex in nature than standard pallet racking and, therefore, may require more routine inspections and maintenance. Mobile racking systems are typically installed with a control panel and sometimes with remote diagnostic / troubleshooting features.Further consultation should be undertaken with the manufacturer or supplier of the system but like pallet racking, should be inspected at least annually by a competent person.
Does warehouse racking need a load sign?
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and SEMA Guidelines, all racking systems are required to have a load notice. They must also be formatted to look like a typical SEMA load notice. If your pallet racking system doe not have a sufficient load notice then it is in breach of the law and your warehouse operatives will not know what load the racking is capable of taking.