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Why you need a SEMA Inspection on your racking

By their very nature, warehouses can be dangerous places to be

Storing, stacking and moving often heavy goods, flammables or liquids at a fast pace for dispatch, with teams of pickers and machinery, surrounded by steel and timber; all factors combined that could spell a recipe for disaster if not implemented properly.

Damage to racking is not always obvious. Damage that could seem small and inconsequential can be just the opposite, and soon as the racking is weakened in any way, it can cause a snowball effect on its stability. If not spotted and repaired correctly, you could damage your product, worse still your people and could even result in something as catastrophic as a collapse.

Caring for the equipment and its proper use is largely down to the ground staff using it. The appropriate training, they receive to do so, and the upkeep and maintenance of the equipment, is charged to the warehouse management. Support, training, and education for both parties are offered by Nene with SEMA, in order to run the tightest, and safest, ship possible.

Who is SEMA and what do they do?

The Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) is the industry body committed to promoting and extending the safe design, installation and usage of storage systems manufactured and supplied by its members. Nene promote the safety-first conduct of SEMA by accrediting their teams with SEMA qualifications and training to ensure equipment installed and further tested by them, meets the SEMA standard.

As an official SEMA Approved Installation Company, the SEMA standards and sign off of the installation, equipment and future checks and inspections are an integral part of the service on offer at Nene. Whilst Nene inspectors are fully trained and qualified to spot the damage often unseen by the untrained eye, they can also educate warehouse staff to spot the signs before it’s too late. With effective training, staff can take responsibility for the racking properly in the first instance, taking care to limit unnecessary damage, and then highlight maintenance needs and causes for a deeper inspection should the need arise.

SEMA reports available:

Should an inspection be appropriate, there are three types available;
1. Report of damaged items only
2. SEMA Approved Racking Inspector (SARI) report
3. SARI report plus a replacement of materials list

Within these reports, they will look at a combination of; suitability, correct pallets, housekeeping, mechanical handling, load notices, compatibility of equipment, load stability, damage, material listing, corrective action proposals, rack configuration and locations of damage.

Nene recommend an annual inspection at the least to keep your records and equipment up to date.

Is it against the law to not have a SEMA inspection?

No, it isn’t. You are not legally bound to have a SEMA accredited installation, nor have your racking SEMA inspected.

SEMA at its lightest will give you peace of mind that you have had expert, industry qualified and continually developed professionals installing your equipment and inspecting it for damage and repair. At its most vital, SEMA accredited installation and inspection history will stand up in a court of law, as a testament to efforts made to ensure safety and quality, and ultimately help to defend your potential accountability should you need to.

The recommendations are in place to protect you, your business and the employees working for you. Nene advise working with a SEMA Approved Installation Company such as themselves for your racking design and installation, and to conduct SEMA inspections to give you and your teams the peace of mind and continued productivity of a safe and working warehouse racking environment.