Three types of Pallet Rack Inspections - Pallet Racking Health and Safety Law
To ensure that a racking installation continues to be serviceable and safe, your storage equipment should be inspected on a regular basis. The frequency of your racking safety inspections depends on a variety of factors that are particular to the site concerned and should be determined by a nominated 'person responsible for rack safety' (PRRS) to suit the operating conditions of the warehouse.
This will take into account the warehouse, the equipment used and the personnel involved, all of which could damage the structure. The inspection follows a hierarchical approach using several levels of inspection:
Immediate Reporting As soon as a safety problem or damage is observed by an employee, it should immediately be reported to the PRRS. You should have systems in place for reporting damage and defects. Employees should receive training, information and instruction on the safe operation of the racking system, including the parts affecting their safety and the safety of others.
Visual Inspections The PRRS should ensure that inspections are made at weekly or other regular intervals based on risk assessment. A formal written record should be maintained.
'Expert' Inspections A technically competent person should carry out inspections at intervals of not more than 12 months. A written report should be submitted to the PRRS with observations and proposals for any action necessary. A technically competent person might be a trained specialist within an organisation, a specialist from the rack supplier, or an independent qualified rack inspector.
Sources: Health & Safety Executive 'Warehouse & Storage: Keeping it safe' (INDG412);
Health & Safety Executive 'Warehouse and storage. A guide to health and safety' (HSG76)