All companies who have storage equipment on their premises such as pallet racking, cantilever racking, shelving and mezzanine floors must have a trained employee nominated as a PRRS (Person Responsible Racking Safety) in accordance with 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 PRRS must attain a level of competency to carry out regular in-house inspections of pallet racking, cantilever racking, shelving and mezzanine floors and be able to record their findings in a clear and precise format. Depending upon the severity of the damage they should arrange for damaged items to be monitored or repaired in line with SEMA Guidelines.
Teepee Inspect can provide that level of ‘Competency’ with our inhouse SARI (SEMA Approved Rack Inspector) designed and delivered ‘Racking Awareness, Safety and Inspection Course’ for all your storage equipment requirements.
What are the benefits of training your staff for racking inspection?
Well, there is an instant peace of mind for safety, someone trained in checking a load-bearing structure on a weekly/monthly basis, is surely better than once a year! In case of an incident, you always have someone that can recognise the potential dangers and knows just what to do to make it safe so that there is no damage to stock or personnel. We would go further and say that having more than one on-site PRRS spreads the safety culture even further as each would assume ownership of different areas of racking and sharing a routine for inspections as well assisting each other in judgements.
But it does not stop there, trained PRRS’s not only fully understand your storage equipment but understand the legal implications and requirements as it is a significant module within our course. This means that the internal inspections are carried out as required, with the correct paperwork that satisfies both SEMA and HSE and that any remedial repairs are carried out promptly and not being left till the annual inspection always ensuring a safe loaded system.
Teepee Inspects nationwide onsite awareness courses are designed and delivered by our own SEMA approved inspectors, drawing on both their knowledge and experience to give a comprehensive training day. The classroom-based element of the course equips candidates to a level of competence that meets guidelines and legislation, the practical allows candidates to inspect in familiar surroundings alongside the qualified inspector ensuring a continuity of findings between the frequent in-house inspections and the annual SEMA inspection as well as gaining proficiency in recording information to SEMA and HSE requirements.
Our comprehensive and in-depth course covers all aspects that the PRRS needs to know, including component understanding, legal requirements and SEMA risk classifications 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 weekly/monthly in-house rack inspections and the annual SEMA Inspection which will still be legally required.
The day’s interactive course has been broken down into segments and consists of:
- Racking Variants
- Component Terminology
- Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA)
- Components – Performance & Design
- SEMA Pallet Clearances
- Legal Responsibilities
- SEMA Tolerances
- Rack Protection & Preventative Damage
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, the certification will last for THREE years whereby refresher racking inspection training will need to be undertaken.
Just to clarify: –
PRRS – Attendance of a BASIC COMPETENCE rack safety course to enable regular scheduled onsite rack inspections.
SEMA Approved Rack Inspector – The storage equipment industry’s leading and most recognised qualification experienced and fully trained to carry out annual ‘Expert Inspections’ to meet current legal obligations. Teepee Inspect SEMA Approved Rack Inspectors have suitable Professional Indemnity insurance cover and produce comprehensive reports in accordance with SEMA Guidelines.
*As an employer, you have a duty of care to your employees and to maintain your storage equipment
Racking awareness, safety & inspection course training
Here at Teepee, we are constantly keeping up to date with all pallet racking, shelving, cantilever racking and mezzanine related courses so that we can offer up to date and unbiased advice in our SEMA approved rack inspections, but that’s just the start of it, we offer a lot more to keep you up to date and H&S compliant, did you know that Teepee has their own rack inspection courses?
Referring to HSG76 paragraph 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”, there should be an individual responsible for the racking safety in your warehouse. Teepee can provide in-depth racking inspection training which will give them not only knowledge of SEMA guidelines, legal responsibilities and understanding of racking… full pallet racking inspection requirements.
The day’s pallet racking inspection training starts at a leisurely pace with introductions from our SEMA approved inspector who delivers the course using his experience and knowledge. Subjects are broken down into easily digested sections ranging from racking awareness and the types of racking (i.e. pallet racking, cantilever racking – racking awareness course are available for both systems and a combined inspection course is available) through to the inspection process and the recording of the findings for legal compliance.
Many racking inspection training courses just deal with the basics, however, with Teepee delivering pallet racking inspection training at your facility means that the inspection training can be tailored to suit your individual requirements with the practical inspection exercise being conducted on your own pallet racking.
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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.
WORKING WITH YOU
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.