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0203 697 8478

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Racking Inspections

Empower your team to keep you safe with our competence training for in house racking and shelving safety procedures


The benefits of an Acerax in-house training course for your PRRS team:-


  • On-site training held on your premises
  • Both classroom and practical training1
  • Up to a maximum of 10 per training session
  • Certificate (Adjustable Pallet Racking Safety Awareness)2 awarded on completion
  • Instruction provided by a SEMA accredited inspector

Pallet racking is classed as work equipment. Therefore under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (1999 in Northern Ireland) requires regular inspection as set out in HSG76 and the SEMA guidelines.

HSG76 is the Health & Safety Executive guide to Warehousing & Storage and clearly sets out the need for and type of racking inspections required in a warehouse.  

The importance of inspections – extracts from HSG76

Section 642 states: To ensure that a racking installation continues to be serviceable and safe, the storage equipment should be inspected on a regular basis. The frequency of inspections depends on a variety of factors that are particular to the site concerned and should be determined by a nominated ‘person responsible for racking safety’ (PRRS) to suit the operating conditions of the warehouse.

Section 646 states:  A technically competent person should carry out inspections at intervals of not more than 12 months. A written report should be submitted to the PRRS with observations and proposals for any action necessary.

Section 647 states:  A technically competent person might be a trained specialist within an organisation, a specialist from the rack supplier, or an independent qualified rack inspector -  such as a SARI or SEMA approved Rack Inspector.

The importance of internal inspections

HSG76 & the SEMA guidelines (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) state that you must appoint a Person responsible for rack safety known as a PRRS who be responsible for rack safety.  It is their job to ensure the racking is installed, used, inspected and maintained in accordance with the appropriate regulations and guidelines. You must also ensure that all warehouse staff are trained and competent in the use of materials handling equipment and also the storage capabilities of the racking to enable safe use of the warehouse. 

This training should include recognition of pallet types, checks on their suitability and condition, the correct method of loading and unloading racking, and recognition of defects or damage that could affect safety of your storage racks.  

Staff should also be aware of follow up action necessary to make affected locations safe and instigate a repair process to rectify all identified issues.

Our one-day course will not train delegates to the level of technical competence required for your 'Expert' annual inspections. These must still be undertaken by a SARI or similarly qualified person. The purpose of this course is to instruct users in the correct method of conducting internal weekly rack inspections in accordance with PUWER, Health & Safety, and SEMA guidelines.

Courses can be tailored to your particular application.


Please contact our sales team for details.


Note 1 – access to your warehouse will be required for the practical element of the training.

Note 2 – The course is not limited to Pallet racking.

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