Pallet racking and its inspections…

What is pallet racking?

Pallet racking is a multi-level storage system that is utilised in warehouses to store palletised loads. There are many different types of pallet racking to suit different warehouse environments including very narrow aisle racking and wide aisle racking.

Wide Aisle Racking

Types of pallet racking

Very narrow aisle racking is also known as VNA racking abbreviated. This type of pallet racking is suitable for smaller warehouses as it utilises the space available as these systems have an aisle width from 1.5 – 2 metres. Often, specialist trucks are needed to operate these systems due to the way in which these systems function.

Wide aisle pallet racking is a system that allows easy and quick access to pallets due to the amount of space available. Also, because of the space needed to fit this type of system, this is usually installed into larger warehouses and warehouses that don’t need as many pallets.

As well as the two types of racking discussed above, there are other types. If you are unsure of what type of racking will best benefit you, get in contact with your chosen supplier and they will be able to provide you with further guidance.

Inspections

When installing pallet racking into your warehouse environment, you must consider the safety of the racking and the safety of the employees working alongside it. Due to this, you have a legal obligation to carry out an annual inspection as well as in-house inspections.

Your annual pallet racking inspection will be carried out by an external company – preferably a SEMA approved inspector. In this inspection, the dedicated individual will inspect your racking and ensure it meets all legal requirements. At the end of the inspection, you will be provided with a report which is produced in line with the SEMA inspection guidelines with specific details of your racking and if there is any damage that needs to be repaired etc.

On the other hand, in house inspections will be carried out by someone internally who has the responsibility to look at the condition of the racking and arrange any repairs or further inspections if necessary. Many training companies offer a racking inspection training course to teach your in-house dedicated individuals how to carry out inspections.