What is a Pallet Rack Safety Inspection and How Do I Schedule One?
Pallet Rack Systems provide the foundation for warehouse storage. It supports the daily operations of any large distribution center or storage facility.
When your operations depend upon safe and reliable equipment, you need to take steps to avoid compromising the safety of your entire facility. Planning for the inspection, maintenance, and repair of your storage equipment is crucial.
How often should pallet racking be inspected?
Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) suggests that you should have your storage rack systems inspected no less than every 12 months by a professional equipment specialist. And immediately after an event that causes damage to any rack system component.
The frequency of inspections will depend upon the use of your system and the condition of your rack equipment. We can determine a safe inspection routine for you after a system assessment.
Are pallet rack inspections a legal requirement?
Pallet rack inspections are not legally required – but they help you adhere to legal regulations. As a business owner or facility manager, it’s just smart business practice if you want to keep your employees safe and avoid legal repercussions.
- Employers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their storage rack systems. This is an accepted industry standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). — ANSI MH16.1: Specification for the Design, Testing and Utilization of Industrial Steel Storage Racks – 1.4.1: “Owner Maintenance: The racking system operator is responsible for maintenance and repair of the storage systems.”
- According to OSHA, employers are legally required to provide a safe working environment, free from recognizable hazards that could be identified by an inspection. — OSHA General Duty Clause Section 5(a)(1): “Employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”
How can I schedule a rack inspection for my storage facility?
Be proactive! Call us at 800-442-3061 – or click here to set up an appointment today.
We’ll identify if you’re within our service area, then schedule a time to send out one of our professional, experienced storage and handling specialists to inspect and assess your system.
You’ll get detailed documentation, rack risk identification recorded for any areas of concern, rack repair or replacement recommendations, plus preferred product pricing.
Rack inspections put the control back into your hands.
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