Warehouse pallet racking does not contain any moving parts, so may be construed to be less dangerous than other types of machinery. However, UK Health & Safety legislation recognises the dangers that are involved in using warehouse storage equipment, and the publication Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety HSG76 sets out to inform us about these. You can see this short guide at the following web address:
The aim of this short article is to supplement the information in our article What are the Health & Safety issues involved in pallet racking installations? by outlining some of the content of this important HSE publication and adding a few comments to it.
Any warehouse contains a number of dangers to its users, and the guide gives emphasises five of these:
So how should you protect yourself, as a warehouse owner, and the people who use your warehouse, from the problems caused by dangerous occurrences?
Well, prevention is always better than cure, so your approach to these issues should be to institute a strict workplace procedure in your warehouse. HSG76 contains some guidance on this, as did our previous article. It is worth reiterating, however, that the list of measures that you need to consider includes the following:
These are just a few of the matters that you need to consider in complying with the Health & Safety aspects of your warehouse storage operation. The task may seem rather daunting, and it is apparent that you will need to invest a lot of time and effort in planning. However, there is help available for you.
SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) is an organisation that is committed to making sure that warehouse racking installations are safe, and to promoting the safe use of this equipment. If you arrange for your warehouse pallet racking to be inspected regularly by a SEMA trained inspector, and you follow his / her recommendations, this should ensure that you are following best practice.
Here at Pallet Racking Systems we have many years of experience in the safe planning, supply, installation, maintenance and dismantling of pallet racking and other warehouse equipment, and we are always happy to help with any warehouse racking matters. Why not contact us today?