It’s no secret that unsafe workplaces can endanger workers and expose employers to liability in case of an accident, and it’s no different when operating a warehouse. A large part of ensuring your warehouse is a safe working environment for your team is following pallet racking safety inspection guidelines. While your day-to-day operations are essential, it is equally crucial that you prepare yourself for SEMA approved racking inspection.
An effective pallet racking safety inspection requires your employees’ participation to effectively and actively identify problems and rectify them immediately before they result in injuries or fatalities. You can help get ahead of the game and ready for your SEMA inspection by following these tips:
As pallet racking is often used to support heavy loads, it must be built with sturdy material. Inspectors will check to see if there are apparent structural issues such as rusty joints and cracks in the frame. So be proactive and regularly inspect the integrity of your racking in-house. Ensure that the floor bolts are well anchored and make any necessary repairs.
Safety signs must be posted in noticeable areas to warn workers about potential hazards. This helps ensure that they are aware of their rights as an employee. You should also have a fire extinguisher and insist on employees wearing protective clothing and using the equipment effectively.
Make sure that all of your racks are strong enough to support the weight of the loaded pallets. The weight of the pallets can affect the capacity, and if it is not corrected immediately, it might lead to a collapse or other related workplace accidents. Additionally, ensure that the pallet racks are labelled correctly and the signs are visible. Ensure that the signs are placed at a height that both workers and visitors can easily see during pallet racking inspections.
This one is often overlooked; however, there should be ample lighting and clear walkways. Additionally, ensure that the aisles are wide and clear of obstructions to allow a safe exit in an emergency. And, it’s is essential to keep all exits free and clear so that there are no accidents due to obstructed exits during emergencies and product handling operations.
Electrical hazards can be dangerous, including the risk of electrocution. Ensure that your system is free from electrical hazards by ensuring no exposed wiring and other components close to the pallet racks.
We hope that these help. And, with these tips in mind, you can quickly identify and rectify any potential hazards in your warehouse. Implementing these tips will also enable you to prepare for pallet racking inspections. If you’d like to book your SEMA racking inspection, get in touch.
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