Rack Safety Inspection and Procedures

The first steps to having a safe logistics and supply chain distribution system should be taken in the warehouse and with the employees of the company. Your inventory and its storage are investments that you make to maintain customer confidence in your supply chain.  Your inventory and its storage and management are also a commitment to job security for your employees.  It is therefore imperative to carry out safety inspections for one of your biggest investments and assets - YOUR WAREHOUSE!

To ensure the racking and shelving in the warehouses are operationally safe all year round, we encourage our customers to work with our racking safety inspectors to maintain and improve the existing storage systems. Safety enhancements will improve the efficiency in your everyday warehouse operation, comply with European Standards (EN 15635) and ensure the ongoing performance of your storage system. 

FAQ: WAREHOUSE SAFETY AND RACKING MAINTENANCE

This European Standard gives guidelines for operational aspects relevant to structural safety of storage systems within Europe. Such systems operate with heavy mechanical handling equipment working in close proximity to static storage equipment. This European Standard minimizes the risk and consequences of unsafe practices or of damage to the structure. Some other forms of storage equipment are only partially covered and further consideration, beyond the scope of this European Standard, may be required. To learn if your installations comply with standards, contact us for more information. 

Although the term inspection might sound overwhelming, the importance of inspections and the results, can not be underestimated; they can make the difference between having a safe warehouse operation and one where accidents and issues can be fatal. A passed or failed inspection of storage systems can also be one of the key fundamental drivers to having an effective and reliable supply chain. 

  • A racking inspection is carried out by officially certified racking system inspectors via visual controls.

  • The observations during, and results of, the inspection are documented within our Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (SSI SCHAEFER CMMS) tool and indicated with an inspection badge. 

  • All relevant information, observations, identified defects/ needed improvements including respective photos, are digitally stored within the SSI CMMS App.

  • Finally, all recorded data is summarized promptly in an automatically generated PDF report.  The report is reviewed together with you to talk about actions and solutions, to address any issues.

  • Additionally, the digitally stored data can be studied and analyzed to derive comprehensive conclusions.

1. We will review the intended use of your racking, ensuring the quality, size and type of pallets used are appropriate for its purpose.

2. The load overhang and load stability are correctly deployed.

3. The usage of materials handling equipment in relation to the design of the racking system are appropriate

4. The beam levels deviation from original design, floor fixing, fixture and use of safety locks are as indicated on the design and specification.

5. Any beam deflections, damage to the frames, beams, portal beams, pallet rails, arms, floor channel etc are identified and recorded.

6. Assess the straightness of uprights and calibrate, if they are found to be damaged

7. Identify any issues with column guards and other protection accessories, note any signs of floor damage and plumbness of the rack at block/rack.

8. Provide an inspection report for auditing and other maintenance purposes.

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Rack Safety Training Procedure

New employees to your company can sometimes be unfamiliar with the warehouse safety guidelines and practices.  You must ensure new employees are trained, and existing employees are kept up to date, with all safe warehouse operations and guidelines. 

WAREHOUSE SAFETY OPERATION TRAINING

To equip your employees with relevant knowledge of the safety protocols, our Rack Safety Team have developed an intuitive 2 day training program to initiate your staff into racking and safety procedures in your warehouse operations. The training is divided into 2 parts:

Part 1: Classroom base topics:

  • Warehouse operation safety  guidelines

  • What to look out for in designing the system within this warehouse?

  • Racking selections and approved codes of practices

  • Maintenance, repairs and other necessary housekeeping protocols

Part 2: Warehouse premise live learning

  • Live training in your warehouse

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