03

Feb

Rack Inspections…. COVID-19 and Brexit!

The world has become a different place since the start of the pandemic, and now that Brexit has kicked in; where does this leave YOU with your racking inspections?

We have seen so many social media posts and heard many questioning the need for SEMA racking inspections, each with different answers. So here at Teepee, we have done our research, and would like to openly answer the question “Do I need an annual SEMA racking inspection even though not much is happening in our warehouse?”

Firstly, we looked at SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufactures Association) guidelines in the ‘Code of Practice for The Use of Static Pallet Racking’; this clearly states in paragraph 7.1 that an annual inspection be carried out by a technically competent person as well as regular internal inspections by a trained PRRS – person responsible racking safety, so the answer is a yes then!

Then turning to HSE76 Warehousing and Storage – A Guide to Health & Safety 646. A technically competent person should carry out inspections at intervals of not more than 12 months, it goes on to state that the PRRS frequency of inspections depends on a variety of factors that are particular to the site. So again, it comes up with a yes!

More rules and regulations… so now PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) Section 6 specifies criteria where an inspection is required for example where the safety depends on installation conditions, at suitable intervals where equipment is exposed to conditions causing deterioration such as the use of a forklift truck. Ploughing through PUWER (on your behalf) we find a paragraph stating that the frequency of inspections should be determined via risk assessment, taking manufacture and trade association recommendations into account. Again, we have already covered this above so another yes to the question.

Now that Teepee have cleared this up, if throughout COVID and now post Brexit there are any pallet movements (even reduced movements) within your facility then an annual SEMA inspection still applies. Only IF (and that is a big if) your facility has been completely mothballed or there are zero pallet movements, your annual inspection may be deferred. In the event of this facility reopening, we would highly recommend you carry out an annual inspection prior.

At Teepee all our inspectors have vast experience within the industry with a knowledge to match and enforced by SEMA’s approved rack inspector’s qualification, guaranteeing a comprehensive and unbiased inspection of your storage equipment adhering to the latest SEMA and HSE compliance and legislations.

All inspection findings are recorded clearly in an easy-to-follow independent report detailing issues using your designated locations using SEMA traffic light classifications and tolerances, including recommendations and actions to prevent any recurrences.

For prices or further information on our annual inspections, call us on 01384 25996.

16

Dec

New Year’s Resolution

Firstly, all of us at Teepee wish everyone a very Merry Christmas to finish off this weird year and our best wishes for 2021 with the hope that you all stay safe and well.

About now many people are either breathing a big sigh of relief as their Christmas rush is now done or things are about to get very busy indeed and as the pressures increase so does the risk of warehouse incidents with the increase in pallet movements, deadlines to meet all with no extra time and a possible influx of seasonal staff.

Can we please ask you to just take a second with the thought – ‘are standards being maintained in the warehouse?’

Did you answer yes? Or was it a no? Ok, when was your last pallet racking inspection? As your pallet movements increase so does risk of racking damage and possibly an incident.

As Big Ben rings out its midnight chimes, resolutions are made, some are even broken before the bell is silenced, why not start the new year with a new outlook and a call to Teepee. Ask for Rebecca who can help arrange your racking inspection, alternatively, why not ask about our racking inspection training so you can conduct your own internal inspections but more importantly have trained and knowledgeable persons on-site if an incident should occur.

Our very own experienced SEMA rack inspectors offer unbiased advice and guidance along with an easy-to-read rack inspection report fully compliant with SEMA and the HSE. The very same rack inspectors conduct our rack safety training courses so that you get the best and most up to date information as well of continuity between your inhouse and annual inspection.

New Year, New start, Teepee Inspect