Inspecting Pallet Racking: What You Need to Know

Pallet racking systems are most typically used in the warehousing industry but also found in manufacturing and other industries with large storage areas. Because these industrial storage systems can be large, heavy and unwieldy, they can potentially be dangerous. This risk is amplified in a busy industrial environment, where staff will be carrying out manual handling activities and automated equipment such as forklifts may be operating in the vicinity.


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Regular Inspections to Ensure Safety

In order to ensure that pallet racking and lin bins storage systems are fit for purpose and compliant with legal standards, an inspection process should be carried out regularly by someone trained to review the safety of the system. There are various courses available to facilitate this, which should be accredited by the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association and the Institute of Occupational Health (IOSH).

Those trained in pallet racking inspection will understand how warehouse pallet racks can be maintained safely through regular risk assessments carried out to set standards and the latest H&S legislation.

What Inspectors Will Check

The inspector will be able to understand the different parts that make up a racking system and be able to name them. He or she will also know the legal responsibilities that employers need to be mindful of when allowing staff and machinery to operate near pallet stacking racks.

The inspector will understand the different risks that can arise around these systems and the most common causes that lead to a collapsed rig. He or she will know how to put recommendations for preventative measures into place to ensure that this doesn’t happen, as well as identify any potential hazards that are affecting the structure’s safety. You can find out more from companies such as

The racking inspection should be in accordance with the legal requirements of occupational health and health and safety legislation and be done regularly, with full records kept of the inspection and any recommendations, along with an action plan for implementing any changes.

The inspection process will be carried out as part of a wider regular review of the operational environment as part of business continuity management and health and safety processes to ensure the the business is operating as it should and in line with all relevant standards and legislation. Workers should also be trained in standards and safety.