Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to inspect my racking / storage equipment

Yes. There is a legal obligation on all employers, to ensure their employees work in a safe environment using safe work equipment.

The relevant acts and regulations are:

These are required to ensure all employers maintain their equipment to prevent dangerous faults, such as damaged frames/post uprights, bent braces, deformed beams, missing beam locking pins or bolts, etc. which can cause serious injury if left unmanaged.

How often do I need to inspect my racking

Frequency of inspections of storage equipment falls into 3 categories, these are:

Who are SEMA

SEMA stands for The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. It is a private organisation that has been providing guidance on racking safety practices since 1968 and has since evolved to become the “industry partner and point of reference” on storage safety for the HSE, Local Authorities, RoSPA and the CSCS together with manufacturers. They provide Codes of Practice for design, installation, use, inspection and disassembly of storage equipment, along with comprehensive training courses and subsequent registration of trained professionals.

What is a SARI?

In response to the HSE guidelines stating a qualified person should inspect your system at least once every 12 months, SEMA decided to develop its SEMA Approved Racking Inspector (SARI) scheme.

This scheme allows previous professionals from engineering or health and safety backgrounds to undertake a comprehensive training course detailing proper rack inspection practices, including the much acclaimed traffic light system of categorizing rack damage which has been adopted as the industry standard and is employed throughout the UK and EU.

This intensive training is completed with a final exam as well as top-up sessions and seminars to ensure the knowledge is always up to date and in line with the industry standards. This CPD (Continual Personal Development) is mandatory to retain registration status ensuring confidence that all SARI Card holders are at the forefront of racking safety.

What is SEIRS

The SEIRS initiative is a continuation of the SEMA business ethic to improve safety standards in an environment where product design, manufacture and installation take place under the influence of increased legislation.

Components of SEIRS

SEIRS is based upon three key components:

The benefits of this means as a consumer you can feel assured that if you use a SEIRS accredited professional the work that is completed is to the highest standards and guidelines, set by the leading voice in the racking safety industry.

Our installers will always be happy to show their SEIRS ID Card to you - They worked hard to get it! 

Does the Racking Need to be Empty for an Inspection

No, racks do not need to be offloaded before the inspection.

Will I need to stop operations while you inspect

In the case of a very active site or VNA (Very Narrow Aisle) installations the inspector may indicate that aisles need to be cordoned off as they work their way through the racking. However we try to keep operational disturbances to an absolute minimum.

What is the SEMA traffic Light System

SEMA categories storage equipment damage in form of a traffic light system all as detailed below:-

Green - minor risk - Falls within the SEMA limits and should be recorded for further consideration at the next inspection.

Amber - medium risk - Damage is greater than SEMA limits.  Remedial work is to be carried out.  Loads should not be replaced once unloaded until repairs have been carried out.  If not unloaded or repaired within 4 weeks damage level is automatically upgraded to ‘red risk’.

Red - high risk - Damage is twice the SEMA limits. Immediate off-loading and isolation until repairs have been carried out.

For more detailed information on the SEMA Damage tolerances see the SEMA Guidelines Page

What is the inspection of and what is in the report

The object of the inspection is to record any damage to the rack and apply the RED/AMBER/GREEN (SEMA Traffic Light System) notification to damaged steel members. The inspection also takes a broad overview of the standards applied to pallet loading on the rack, waste packaging, damaged pallets, general standards of cleanliness, the condition of the floor, lighting, the type of fork trucks being used and racking protection both down the aisle and at the rack ends. Photo images are also taken of specific damage, information on load boards and any other matters of concern, this is all complied into a simple to understand document that is emailed over to you.

You can see a Sample of one of our reports HERE.

How much does an inspection cost

We price inspections according to the storage capacity of your warehouse and rack type and so every job is different! Just head to our Quotation Request Form for a fast no obligation quote.

Is Acerax Ltd Insured

Yes, Acerax Ltd carries full Professional Indemnity insurance and a copy of this is emailed over with every quotation.

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