• 12 Jan 2024

How often should you carry out warehouse racking inspections?

Damaged pallet racking is not only a severe health risk to workers in warehouses, but also a financial nightmare to any business. As an employer, you are legally required to implement and maintain procedures that minimise these risks. Racking inspections are a form of risk assessment. They look for any damage in the racking and can highlight vulnerable areas. The inspection is a crucial opportunity to identify, repair, or replace any areas of damaged racking.

The Health and Safety Executive recommends regular warehouse racking inspections to provide insights for preventative maintenance decisions and reduce health and safety risks. The three different types of racking inspections all high traffic warehouses should enforce are:

1. Daily / Weekly inspections by responsible employees in each department with notations for management to review. 3. A thorough racking inspections at least once every 12 months by a trained person such as an approved racking inspector.

Asking employees to conduct pre-use / daily visual inspections of forklifts, pallet trucks, racking, ladders and other warehouse equipment is not only a smart and responsible policy to enforce, but is also required by law. With our easy-to-use walk-through checklists it only takes a short time to ensure that warehouse equipment is safe to use.

During a daily inspection the main areas which should be inspected are: the beams, uprights, bracing, base plates and safety locks. The daily inspection will look for visible damage, including general wear and tear from everyday use.

Both the Good to Go Safety and TakeAIM systems enable visual inspections to be carried out on pallet racking without extensive training.

For more information visit Good to Go Safety for our paper racking inspections or TakeAIM for our digital app.

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