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Storage Racking Safety: Our 6 Step Guide

Updated: Jul 11

Storage racking safety should always be on your agenda. It is often easy to neglect your responsibilities but as the owner of the racking there are many aspects that you have to be aware of. It is important to highlight that storage racking installation falls under CDM 2015 regulations. To assist with navigating these regulations the Health and safety Executive have also provided guidance in the publication HSG 76 Warehousing and Storage: A Guide to Health and Safety Storage racking also needs to be maintained correctly and falls under work equipment and therefore adherence to PUWER (Provisions and Use of Work Regulations 1998) is essential.

CSS Storage Solutions Ltd are compliant and adhere to these regulations and we have a robust system to ensure that we are constantly up to date with any changes in legislation and that our installation teams are fully trained to the correct standards.

As part of our commitment to maintaining these high standards we are happy to share our 6 step guide to Storage Racking Safety. By following these steps you can ensure that safety remains at the forefront of your warehousing operations. If you do have any questions in relation to safety, installation or supply of storage racking, please reach out to our friendly team to discuss things fully.

Step 1: Take Responsibility

  • Assign a Racking Safety Officer: Designate a qualified individual or team responsible for overseeing racking safety. This person or team should have a thorough understanding of racking systems and organisational safety protocols.

  • Develop a Safety Policy: Create a comprehensive racking safety policy that outlines the responsibilities, procedures, and protocols for maintaining a safe racking system. Ensure this policy is communicated to all employees.

  • Provide Training: Conduct regular training sessions for employees on racking safety, proper usage, and emergency procedures. Ensure that new colleagues receive safety training as part of their orientation and onboarding process.

Step 2: Design and Manufacture

  • Select the Right Racking System: Choose a racking system that suits your specific needs, taking into account the type of goods, weight, dimensions, and storage conditions.

  • Compliance with Standards: Ensure that the racking system complies with relevant industry standards and regulations.

  • Quality Materials: Use high-quality materials and components to construct the racking system. Inferior materials can compromise the safety and longevity of the racking.

Step 3: Installation Methods

  • Professional Installation: Have the racking system installed by qualified professionals who are experienced in racking installation. Incorrect installation can lead to structural weaknesses.

  • Follow Manufacturer’s Guidelines: Adhere strictly to the manufacturer's installation guidelines and specifications. This includes correct assembly, anchoring, and spacing.

  • Inspection Post-Installation: Conduct a thorough inspection after installation to ensure that the racking system is correctly installed and safe to use. Check for alignment, stability, and any potential hazards.

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Step 4: Safe Usage

  • Load Limits: Clearly label the racking system with load limits and ensure that employees adhere to these limits. Overloading racks can lead to collapse.

  • Proper Loading and Unloading: Train employees on proper loading and unloading techniques to avoid uneven weight distribution and accidental damage to the racking.

  • Aisle Space: Maintain adequate aisle space for forklifts and other material handling equipment to prevent collisions and ensure safe operation.

Step 5: Racking Care

  • Regular Inspections: Conduct regular inspections of the racking system to identify and address any signs of damage or wear. Inspections should include checking for bent beams, loose bolts, and other structural issues.

  • Immediate Repairs: Promptly repair any identified damage to prevent further deterioration and potential accidents. Use only qualified personnel for repairs.

  • Cleanliness: Keep the racking area clean and free of debris that could cause accidents or impede safe operation.

Step 6: Aftercare

  • Scheduled Maintenance: Implement a scheduled maintenance program to ensure ongoing safety and functionality of the racking system. Regular maintenance can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

  • Safety Audits: Conduct periodic safety audits to review and update safety procedures and protocols. This helps ensure that safety practices evolve with any changes in operations or regulations.

  • Documentation: Maintain detailed records of all inspections, maintenance, and repairs. This documentation is essential for tracking the condition of the racking system and ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

By following these six steps, you can help ensure the safety and longevity of your racking system, protecting both your employees and your inventory.

By engaging with CSS Storage Solutions Ltd you can be confident that we will provide storage solutions from reputable manufacturers, utilise competent and qualified installers, provide appropriate signage, provide annual racking reports and racking inspections. CSS Storage Solutions can also arrange for any repairs, removals, additions or re-locations that are required. Please call our friendly team on 01843 229 999 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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