16

Jun

Left a bit… right a bit!

As our inspectors are conducting their SEMA approved rack inspections, one of the most common comments is the placement of pallets within racking.

This may sound a bit petty and nitpicking but there is good reason, we will explain…

Pallet racking is specifically designed to accommodate the pallets that YOU are using… This is because manufacturers design intolerances of safety.

SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) have guidelines specifically on the position of loaded pallets, the reasons are quite simply it is all about SAFETY!

Pallets can and do damage to racking!

Clearances all around the pallet (looking at the loading face) in the first instance makes life easier for the FLT operator to load/unload the pallet giving room to manoeuvre; more importantly, it eliminates the potential of pallets damaging racking components, such as the uprights, beam connectors or frame braces … so it makes sense to have clearances.

Did you know that the depth of your pallet racking frame is designed to be slimmer than your pallet?  Why.. well, it’s to make sure that the pallet has the recommended 50mm overhang over the front and rear of the beams, which provides maximum support to the pallet and gives a uniform distributed load spread along the length of the beam.

Perils of loading pallets flush with the front beam!

As seen so many times; pallets have been loaded flush with the front beams, to either give ‘a bit more room’ to manoeuvre the forklift or just because it’s easier for the driver to align the pallet onto the beam. Sadly, this has a knock-on effect in so many ways…

Front beams get damaged as the mast comes into contact with the beam causing it to split.

The rear of the pallet is now sitting on the underside of slats, which can easily give way causing the pallet to dislodge.

If pallets are over offered flush on the front beam then the ‘back-to-back’ flue gap in the run of pallet racking has now been severely reduced. The design in safety clearance between the racks has now been compromised which could easily dislodge pallets to the rear, as pictured below.

Please for that extra few seconds to make sure that your pallets are sitting correctly.

We would go one further and suggest that ALL forklift truck operators are made aware of these tolerances and the reasons why they are so important.

Prevention is always better than cure, and cheaper!

Need help? … Teepee are always happy to offer our expert help and advice, we are only a call away.

05

May

RoSPA Training Assurance

Wow, what a busy few months it has been here at Teepee HQ!

To think that six months ago we did not even have a rack inspection course … now we have TWO and BOTH are now RoSPA Assured!

Pallet Racking Awareness, Safety and Inspection – RoSPA Assured

Cantilever Racking Awareness, Safety and Inspection – RoSPA Assured

Our commitment to safety:

The much sought-after RoSPA Assurance once again proves our commitment to safety, we have focused our minds on producing an all-rounded rack inspection course for YOUR employees which offers that extra peace of mind that the content and delivery of our pallet racking and cantilever racking inspection training courses have met to the highest of standards.

The legalities:

Our courses are fully compliant with the requirement under HSE76 Warehousing & Storage (second edition) which states…..

644 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.

645 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.’

The course:

Our comprehensive and in-depth course covers all aspects that the PRRS (Person Responsible for Racking Safety) needs to know, including component understanding, legal requirements, SEMA risk classifications whilst enforcing the necessity for HSE compliant ‘paper trail’ alongside a whole lot more. All this is presented in bite-sized segments at your premises by one of our SEMA Approved Inspectors ensuring continuity between your regular in-house rack inspections and your annual SEMA Inspection.

The day’s pallet racking inspection training is carried out in a relaxed style from our SEMA approved inspector who delivers the course using his experience and knowledge in relaying vital information from the inspection process to the recording of the findings for legal compliance providing the level of competence required.

Proof of competency:

Upon completion of the rack safety course, a certificate will be issued detailing the date achieved, expiry date and the name of the facilities competent PRRS and proudly displaying the RoSPA Assured logo, the certification will last for THREE years whereby refresher training will need to be undertaken.

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