SEMA Accredited Rack Inspections




There are many benefits to using a SEMA approved inspector for your warehouse racking. These include: - an accredited and trained expert assessment to industry standards, quality assurance, strict adherence to the SEMA Code of Practice, clear identification of red, amber and green damage risks, good value for money and a detailed comprehensive report upon completion.

Acerax Ltd have been providing Racking Inspections nationwide for over 18 years. From large multi-building warehouses to small workshop setups – no job is too big or too small. If you have racking or shelving we are able to offer a SEMA accredited rack inspection.

Acerax seeks to offer a full and comprehensive service that flows from the findings of your SEMA accredited report

  • Provisionally, some customers only require the inspection, report and certificate for their storage equipment.

Acerax responds to the needs of other customers by acting to provide a total service in respect of the consequences of rack damage and remedial work associated with your adjustable pallet racking or shelving.

  • Acerax will, from the detail in the report, produce SEMA approved load notification boards
  • SEMA recommendations for rack protection can be supplied and installed by Acerax
  • Damage identified in your SEMA accredited report can be remedied by Acerax, SEIRS accredited installers
  • Rack components and associated equipment can be replaced by ACERAX
  • More commonly used rack locking pins are stocked by our inspectors, these can be immediately replaced following the debrief of the inspector’s findings before they leave your premises.


Why Do I Need A Rack or Shelving Inspection?

Due to Health and Safety Legislation, pallet racking and shelving is now regarded as workplace equipment and as such requires an inspection at least once a year by a SARI (SEMA Approved Rack Inspector), or other “Technically Competent Person”.

The HSE executive advise 3 Levels of Inspection/Reporting:

  • An immediate notification of damage from anyone on your premises responsible for damage or noticing it in the course of their duties.
  • A weekly check made by an appointed PRRS (person responsible for racking safety).
  • A regular detailed inspection completed by a ‘technically competent person’. It is recommended this be carried out by an external inspector on an annual basis (although some instances will require a half yearly inspection)

Failing to adhere to legislative requirements can have significant ramifications including invalidating your insurance, fines of up to £20M and in some cases imprisonment. We believe that many small and medium sized businesses could benefit from the expert support offered by a company such as Acerax as pressures on SME’s continue to grow.

What The Law Says

Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety HSG76

Section 642 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. This will take into account the frequency and method of operation together with the dimensions of the warehouse, the equipment used and personnel involved, all of which could damage the structure. The inspection follows a hierarchical approach using several levels of inspection.

Section 646 ‘Expert’ inspections 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 A technically competent person might be a trained specialist within an organisation, a specialist from the rack supplier, or an independent qualified rack inspector.