Racking inspection should therefore be undertaken by competent personnel. This will ensure that possible accident hazards are detected at the earliest and hence prevent occurrence of injuries and damage of property racking should be set up and maintained in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions and consideration of the weight, shape and size of the products being stored.
The first racking inspection should be carried out within six months of installation and at a maximum of twelve months. There are different types of racking inspections namely: 1) Reporting immediately of damages and defects where, when a problem occurs this is reported immediately to the personnel concerned; 2) Visual inspection where inspection can be made on weekly basis or twice a week depending on the procedures and policies of the warehouse; and 3) Expert inspection where a person independent from the warehouse comes to inspect the warehouse and a report is also produced.
Some of the services offered by experts include full assessment of the racking, documentations of the defects and damages, effects of the damages, recommendation on how to prevent the damages and issuance of statement of compliance.
The frequency of racking inspection made by expects should be at least annually, regardless of size, working loads or even traffic. The frequency of racking inspection will depend on the warehouse, equipment used and the personnel who are involved in the warehouse.
The establishment of tools and rack inspection checklists may be mandatory for continued use in the future. Racking inspection process was designed by making use of the best practices in the industry and also according to the requirements of the safety standards. Such rack inspection events help to improve how one understands of the pallet rack safety and might just as well save time and money.
This racking inspection therefore will ensure that one stays in compliant to the Act and promote effective use of the space and minimizes the accidents at the warehouse.