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HSG76 Section 646 recommends that a racking inspection by be carried out at least once a year by a ‘SEMA Approved Racking Inspector’ and on a regular basis by a companies nominated Person Responsible for Rack Safety (PRRS). The inspection frequency should be governed and monitored by the person responsible for rack safety (PRRS) within your organisation, who should have received racking safety training in conducting frequent internal rack inspections. With your regular inspection, you might want to ensure that your employees have received racking inspection training from one of our experienced SEMA approved racking inspectors who will attend your site to conduct the training course.

Under the 'Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER),' the HSE states that the employer designated as the PRRS has a legal responsibility to maintain “working equipment,” WHICH INCLUDES ALL STORAGE EQUIPMENT (pallet racking and derivatives, cantilever racking, and shelving). The PRRS is required to undertake regular inspections of the work equipment and take immediate action in terms of repairs if any damage is suspected. JUST INSPECTING THE RACKING IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, ACTION MUST BE TAKEN TO REMEDIATE THE ISSUE.

As stated, the legal requirement for the frequency of an expert inspection is every twelve months however, several factors must be considered when deciding whether an annual visit is sufficient to maintain the integrity and safety of the racking system, and more importantly, the personnel working within your facility.

Therefore, at A-Z Rack Inspections Ltd we will consider the following aspects of your operation and advise as to whether the frequency of inspections should be increased, these include:

  • The racking installation, type (standard or derivative) and size of the racking system, including an assessment of the pallet quality and type.

  • Levels of damage to the pallet racking, including green damage, as this is often an indicator that there is an underlying issue that is not immediately apparent.

  • The temperature of the working environment – ambient, chilled, or freezer.

  • The throughput of the warehouse dictates the level of forklift activity.

  • The quantity, type, and quality of the mechanical handling equipment (MHE) in use (i.e. forklifts, scissor lifts, order pickers, powered pallet trucks).

  • The accreditation, quality and quantity of the MHE operators.

  • Type and condition of the floor. ​​​

An inspection every 12 months is of vital importance to ensure that you are complying with the HSG76 recommendations. However, if you are unsure as to the integrity of your pallet racking system, or indeed, you can see damaged components within your storage facility, then do not delay, get an inspection conducted immediately. We at A-Z Rack Inspections Ltd know that the best form of protection is prevention, so contact A-Z Rack Inspections Ltd today to receive an inspection from our SEMA approved racking inspectors in the UK.