Racking Inspections

Ensure full health and safety compliance with regular inspections from our UK-network of SEMA accredited inspectors (SARI)

Pallet racking inspections are critical to ensuring your employees’ health and safety and your warehouse’s productive functionality. As in-use racking meets the demands of a busy warehouse and suffers wear and tear, regular checks will ensure incidents are avoided and that employees are working in a safe environment.

What is a racking inspection?

Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), pallet racking is classed as work equipment and is therefore subject to inspection. Said assessment is the warehouse racking inspection, an HSE racking legislative review that must form part of your risk assessment and happen annually at a minimum. Marked on a traffic light system, our SEMA approved racking inspections look at each racking element to determine a ranking against them of Red – high risk, Amber – medium risk and Green – low risk, respectively.

Equipment for assessment:

The racking inspector will work through their racking inspection checklist, looking for damage, twisting, missing items, over-loading and other factors that negatively impact the racking functionality and safety. They will work with your appointed Person Responsible for Rack Safety (PRRS), which you must have in situ as per SEMA and HSG76 guidelines. Once completed, you will receive a full, highly detailed copy of the inspection for your records. For more information, view our racking inspection checklist.

upright posts

Upright Post

Upright posts have holes where load beams can be mounted.

pallet racking base plate

Base Plate

Steel base plates have holes that anchor the upright post to the ground.

racking frame bracing

Frame Bracing

Frame bracing is used to attach the upright posts together to improve racking stability.

racking beams

Beams

Load beams are used to hold any load support components, such as mesh decks.

racking beam safety locks

Beam Safety Locks

Safety locks are used to lock in and secure the beams to the upright posts.

racking column guards

Fixings

Ensuring the right fixings and correct quantities are paramount to the overall construction.

Why do you need a racking inspection?

Firstly, it’s a legislative requirement of the HSE racking inspection guidelines to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations and measures. Your employee safety is front and centre of the inspection. Secondly, you must have a SARI inspection sign-off insurance, this will keep your premiums down and also reduce the likelihood of legal challenges.

Regular inspections also positively impact maintenance costs and time, highlighting issues before becoming a Red-high risk, giving you ample time and information to rectify them.

Even newly fitted racking must have an inspection before sign-off. Find out more about why you need a SEMA racking inspection.

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How do you book a racking inspection?

Nene has a UK-wide network of SARI inspectors working with their teams of SEMA accredited installers. We provide a 360 service with add-ons available in racking and warehouse design, supply, racking installation, racking maintenance and inspection to ensure our clients’ racking meets and exceeds industry standards – providing a safe and productive environment for their staff within which to work.

You can book yours today with Nene. We will discuss all your requirements and arrange any pre-cursory meetings where required. Simply fill in the form below

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FAQs

Inspections

Our inspector will arrive on site at the agreed time and bring with them the report from the previous year (providing we have a copy). They will discuss with the PRRS (Person Responsible for Racking Safety) any issues they are having on site and any areas of high frequency damage.

Our inspector will then walk the site thoroughly investigating the racking and making note of any damage and general housekeeping. Before leaving site, the inspector will make the PRRS aware of any concerns that need to be addressed ASAP and will ensure they are complete before leaving.

Once the inspection is complete, our inspector will complete the report and send to the Person Responsible for Rack Safety within 1-2 days.

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The cost of a racking inspection varies depended on the size of your site.

Please do give us a call and we can discuss your options with you.

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It’s an HSE recommendation that racking should be inspected once a year by a SEMA qualified racking inspector and once a month throughout the year by the PRRS (Person Responsible for Racking Safety) within your business.

Any damage that occurs should be identified when it occurs, the rack unloaded, and the damage remedied.

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Although it is not a legal requirement to have a yearly racking inspection HSE recommend that a yearly racking inspection by a SEMA approved inspector is carried out.

Though the term “recommendation” may not seem as strong a term as “requirement,” don’t let that fool you into thinking you’re less at risk if you’re found not to follow them.

If someone is injured due to poor racking safety, a claimant could prove that the warehouse didn’t follow HSE recommendations and, if convinced, you could be held legally responsible. These recommendations have to be followed to a degree that’s considered “reasonably practicable”.

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Yes. Although it is not a legal requirement in the event of an accident you must show proof that recommendations by HSE have been followed to a degree that’s considered “reasonably practicable”.

Taken from ‘Warehousing and storage, A guide to health and safety’ produced by HSE ‘to ensure that a racking installation continues to be serviceable and safe, the storage equipment should be inspected on a regular basis.

The frequency of inspections depends on a variety of factors that are particular to the site concerned and should be determined by a nominated PRRS (Person Responsible for Racking Safety) to suit the operating conditions of the warehouse. This will take into account the frequency and method of operation together with the dimensions of the warehouse, the equipment used and personnel involved, all of which could damage the structure.

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