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Is the Pallet Racking in My Warehouse Safe?

Article added Friday May 25th, 2012

This is a question that should be asked constantly by owners of warehouse storage facilities that are fitted out with pallet racking. After all, there is nothing more important than safety in the workplace, for both you and your workforce.

Hopefully you had your pallet racking installed by professionals, who planned the project to conform to the latest safety standards. Pallet Racking Systems provide a complete service, selecting the best type of pallet racking for your particular circumstances, and making sure that the installation conforms to the latest Health and Safety standards.

Make sure that the lighting in your warehouse is of a sufficiently high standard to ensure clear visibility for all who work in it. We all know that there are few things worse than trying to work in inadequate lighting. The installation of good lighting will make the business more efficient, whilst also contributing to the provision of a safe working environment.

It is important that you have strict workplace rules in force, which are designed to protect people’s health and safety. For example, nobody should not be allowed to climb on the racking, and this should be made clear to staff via your procedure manual and disciplinary procedures. Additionally, it will probably be necessary for you to reinforce this, and other similar messages, by putting up clear warning signs.

Make sure that storage racking is not overloaded. At the design stage you and your installation contractor will have made a decision jointly about the safe loading capacity of the pallet racking, and it is vital that this safe level of loading is not exceeded. Failure to do this can lead to accidents and injuries.

When your pallet racking was installed all the shelves will have been secured in place by the appropriate ironmongery, and the uprights will have been secured to the floor by means of the correct anchor fixings, set in a prescribed depth of concrete. Periodic checks on the security of these joints will be recommended by your installer, and it is important that these checks are carried out as and when prescribed.

Aisles should be of the appropriate width and kept free of obstructions. The appropriate width of the aisles is another issue that will have been decided in co-operation with your consultant at the planning stage, so this should be correct. Don’t be tempted to put a few pallets on the floor in the aisle for a few days because it seems expedient to do so, and don’t allow people to litter the aisles with unwanted items. This may cause accidents because the driver of your fork truck may not be able to see ahead clearly and thus may collide with an obstruction – or even with a person! It may also obstruct access to emergency exits, which is potentially catastrophic.

These are just a few of the things you can do to ensure that your pallet racking installation is as safe as it can be, but this list is by no means complete, and it is a good idea to take regular advice from experts like Pallet Racking Systems on these matters.