Train to gain

27 February 2019

SEMA delivers training on Rack Safety Awareness and Managing Rack Maintenance. Get to know your responsibilities.

Rack Safety Awareness

Calling managers (including warehouse), supervisors, operatives, team leaders and safety representatives in end-user businesses plus potential inspectors, storage distributors and, suppliers; and safety professionals!

You know that storage racking should be properly maintained and in good order. Rack safety inspections are required to prevent and minimise the effects of accidents, to comply with the requirements of PUWER 1998 and to promote safety in the workplace. To help you comply with the most up to date Health and Safety Legislation, SEMA regularly delivers specifically designed key courses.

“Part of the Culina Group, Great Bear (GB) has worked with SEMA over a number of years. SEMA provides us with bespoke on-site courses for groups of GB staff. Safety is a key priority and so we have adopted the SEMA’s traffic light system which categorises rack damage. Our investment in initial and refresher training helps us to maintain a robust approach to site safety.”

Kayleigh Manning, Health and Safety Advisor, Great Bear

Rack Safety Awareness is a one-day course providing delegates with advice and guidance to enable them to carry out basic rack inspections in accordance with SEMA guidelines. Two key questions answered are: How often should my racking be inspected? What are my responsibilities? It also offers advice on conducting risk assessments and how to comply with the law. It also covers types and frequency of inspections, responsibilities of users and suppliers, legislation, recording an inspection, damage levels and action points. A one-day Cantilever Rack Safety Awareness course is also available.

Managing Rack Maintenance

Scenario: An inspection of your racking installation reveals some serious damage that needs immediate attention. Or an EHO visit determines that your installation requires replacement components in order to comply with the PUWER or workplace Safety Regulations. You need to understand better three aspects. What is Rack Maintenance? How do I maintain my racking? And... What skills are needed?

“As Partners and Maintenance Technicians for Waitrose’s RDC in Leyland, my colleague and I attended the SEMA Rack Maintenance Course as part of the Waitrose policy on safe site maintenance. We are experienced personnel but benefitted from our knowledge being supplemented and updated in terms of what can and what must not be done when undertaking repairs to racking.”

David Escolme, Partner and Maintenance Technician for Waitrose RDC, Leyland

The SEMA Rack Maintenance course is aimed at warehouse managers and supervisors, rack maintenance operations, safety representatives, sales and distribution suppliers and safety professionals. The one-day course consists of an illustrated step by step guide with generic method statements to the safe replacement of damaged racking components. This includes the key differences between maintenance versus repair, identification of key components, how to replace components safely, the replacement of uprights, cross beams and frame bracings. Explaining what is allowable and what is not permitted, the course also identifies the skills needed by professional maintenance teams who need to carry out the replacement of components internally.

Safety Warning

Whilst the SEMA Managing Rack Maintenance course is aimed at end users, SEMA is not advocating that end users undertake the maintenance tasks themselves. Such tasks need to be carried out by suitably qualified “teams” who have the knowledge and necessary skill- sets. One of the key objectives of the course is to illustrate what these skill- sets, pre-qualifications and accreditations are, as applied to both individuals and the team as a whole. It is unlikely that the end user will have such a team ‘in-house’ (although not impossible), the maintenance operation being more likely to fall within the remit of a professional installation company. The purpose of this part of the course is to provide the end user with an understanding of what they should be looking for in the maintenance team engaged by them to undertake the work.

A hazard analysis element includes things to look out for, handling common hazards, relevant limitations, the use of ancillary equipment and the need for site-specific risk assessments. Delegates also learn about individual responsibilities for managers or supervisors, the maintenance team, the duties of the racking supplier and receive advice on how to liaise with inspectors. Other course content includes relevant Codes of Practice, the implications of industry-specific regulations and guidance on the interface between officials such as inspectors and maintenance personnel.