A racking inspection is a visual inspection of all the warehouse racking systems. It is important to continuously assess the condition of the racking and outline any repair work that is needed to ensure your racking system is as safe as possible.
Ensuring the safety of operatives is paramount to safe operations, but racking inspections are also important for ensuring the safe storage of goods, as well as maximising warehouse storage space by keeping all racking in working order.
SEMA’s guidelines for racking inspections advise inspections should be carried out annually. However, there are instances where it may be required to conduct an inspection more frequently, such as in warehouses with a large and quick turnover of goods or where there are many vehicles used on site.
The racking inspection guidelines, which SEMA have published, colour code damage into three levels;
Red: Damage is very serious, requiring goods to be removed immediately and the racking replaced. This racking MUST not be used until the damage has been rectified.
Amber: Damage is serious and exceeds the advised tolerances outlined by SEMA. Goods must be unloaded, but immediate action is not required. Once unloaded, racking must not be used until the damage is fixed. Any amber damage should be categorised as red if the damage is not rectified within four weeks of the inspection.
Green: Damage is within SEMA guidelines and requires no further action beyond continuous monitoring. Further damage can change the level and must be reported immediately.
On top of a formal inspection, visual inspections should take place regularly by the warehouse team and any damage reported to the designated person immediately. Any damage caused by an operative or vehicle should also be reported immediately. And if in doubt, contact the specialists who will be able to advise if any repair work needs completing.
We outline below the process involved with a racking inspection: