What are SEMA Racking Inspections?

SEMA racking inspections are complete inspections and follow up reports conducted by an approved professional, highlighting every aspect of your racking and flooring. Every business that uses adjustable storage racking systems or mezzanine flooring will need to ensure they have an annual racking inspection to remain legally compliant in the UK.

Who are SEMA?

SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) is the UK’s governing body for the design, supply and installation of all adjustable pallet racking, shelving systems, cantilever racking and mezzanine flooring.

They are an active member of the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) and represent the British National Committee within the European Racking Federation (ERF). This highlights their high levels of knowledge and expertise in adjustable racking and storage solutions.

Not only are SEMA an organisation body, but they offer the best racking inspections for your racking and mezzanine flooring.

Annual SEMA Racking Inspection

Why Choose SEMA Racking Inspections?

SEMA are advocates of meticulous racking inspections, maintenance, and repairs on a regular basis. SEMA Racking Inspections are necessary for three reasons:

    • To check the condition of equipment: This goes beyond just the racking itself. Inspectors will examine associated equipment like pallet jacks, forklifts, and safety barriers to ensure they are in good working order and used appropriately, further minimising safety risks.
    • To verify that all equipment and racking has been correctly installed: Improper installation can significantly weaken the racking’s integrity and compromise its load-bearing capacity. Inspections ensure everything is set up as per manufacturer specifications and safety guidelines.
    • Enhanced Safety: Identifying potential hazards before they escalate into accidents protects your employees from harm and costly downtime.
    • Prolonged Racking Life: Early detection of damage or wear-and-tear extends the lifespan of your racking systems, saving you money on replacements.
    • Optimised Storage Capacity: Regular assessments ensure your racking is used efficiently and safely, maximising your storage potential.
    • Compliance with Regulations: UK law mandates annual inspections for businesses using adjustable storage racking or mezzanine flooring.

By addressing these crucial aspects, SEMA racking inspections contribute significantly to creating a safe and efficient warehouse environment.

Types of Compliant Inspections

There are two types of racking inspections that can be carried out and remain compliant with relevant laws and regulations:

  • A full SARI inspection
  • A full SEMA inspection

A full SARI inspection is a damage inspection only. It is important to highlight that it is not a SEMA inspection. This can be conducted by a trained internal member of your team to ensure that there is no damage to your racking or mezzanine flooring. Any damage that is noted needs to be fixed in order to remain legally compliant.

In comparison, a SEMA racking inspection is a complete visual inspection of your racking and flooring, checking for damage, configuration and much more. Following every SEMA inspection by one of our fully trained and qualified inspectors, a full report with locations and photographic evidence is compiled and sent through to the business.

The Teepee Inspection

Teepee are a SEMA accredited company and have been for a number of years. Teepee are proud to have been one of the first SEMA accredited business with a ‘highly commended’ status.

Our team of inspectors are professionals with full qualifications and insurance for full SEMA inspections. If your business is in need of an annual inspection, contact Teepee today for full SEMA racking inspections.

We also offer the training for inspections through Teepee. Should you be interested in training up a member of your team, get in touch with us today to book in your training.

At Teepee our SEMA approved inspectors will provide:

  • Detailed reports: Comprehensive documentation highlighting identified issues, potential risks, and recommended actions.
  • Expert advice: Practical guidance on improving safety, prolonging equipment life, and optimising storage practices.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing your warehouse is compliant and operates safely, allowing you to focus on your business

Why Teepee?

We offer a full range of storage solution services. Alongside our SEMA Racking Inspections, we can also install mezzanine floors, cantilever racking, pallet racking, racking inspection training and more. We are always working to provide our clients with great customer service and innovative strategies.

If you would like to know more about our SEMA Racking Inspections or about any of our other services, do not hesitate to contact our team of experts. We are based in the Midlands and we can cover a wide area in the UK.

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SEMA Trained

At Teepee all our approved inspectors are fully insured and trained in accordance with SEMA standards, enabling annual expert inspections to be carried out every 12 months to meet HSE requirements.


Accompanied with all detailed reports will be a 12- month completion certificate, furthermore Teepee will contact you 3 – months prior to your next inspection with a no obligation reminder quotation.


Teepee will provide free support to your PRRS representative for 12 – months. We also offer further discounts on additional site inspections throughout the year (if required), plus multi – site inspections.


As an approved SEMA accredited supplier, we can provide a no obligation quotation to undertake any repair work and maintain manufacturers warranties. Our fully insured repair service only uses genuine components and qualified SEIRS installers.