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  • The following colour coding; Green, Orange, and Red are classifications of risk.

    Green Risk: Damage requiring surveillance.
    Orange Risk: Hazardous damage requiring action as soon as possible.
    Red Risk: Very serious damage requiring immediate action.


    Damage requiring surveillance.
    For damage to frames in which the limits are not exceeded. This would indicate racks where some damage was present but was considered non-critical.
    Such damaged components should be recorded as suitable for further service until the next management inspection, but clearly identified for further re-examination at future inspections.
    3mm Max bend in (front) upright section in 1m gauge length/ 5mm Max bend in (side) upright section in 1m gauge length/ 10mm Max bend in bracing section in 1m gauge length or pro rata for shorter bracing members about either axis.

    Hazardous damage requiring action as soon as possible (4 weeks).
    For damage to frames in which the limits are exceeded by up to a factor of two. This would identify an area where the damage was sufficiently severe to warrant remedial work but not so severe as to warrant the immediate off-loading of the rack. Once the rack is unloaded however, it should not be re-loaded until repairs have been carried out. In the event that the storage position remains full for several days after the initial identification of the problem, the rack should be off-loaded for repair without further delay.
    The USER company must have a method of isolating such racks to ensure that they do not come back into use until the necessary repairs have been carried out and the equipment certified as safe. For example, use could be made of dated adhesive labels, which indicate racks that are not to be re-loaded until rectified. In practice any racking with ORANGE RISK category damage should be re-designated RED RISK damage if remedial work has not been carried out within four weeks of the original designation.

    Very serious damage requiring immediate action.
    For damage to frames in which the limits exceed a factor greater than two.
    These are situations where a critical level of damage is identified which warrants an area of racking being immediately off-loaded and isolated from future use until repair work is carried out. Such repair work would involve replacement of the damaged item.
    USER companies must have a method of isolating areas to ensure that they do not come back into use prior to the repair work being carried out. For example, a particular bay could be off-loaded in the presence of the inspector and roped off to prevent further use.


  • Daily Inspections
    This applies to operator of the system.
    _ Ensure the correct application and use of equipment.
    _ Ensure that the safe working loads are adhered to.
    _ Damaged pallets must not be entered into the system and should be removed as they occur.
    _ Any safety issues or damage to the structure should be reported to the Safety Officer who will carry out the risk assessment and identify the risk as necessary.
    Weekly Inspections
    The Safety Officer will perform visual inspection carried out from ground level of all the racking.
    This should include all forms of accidental damage classed as Red or Orange Risk.
    Monthly Inspections
    This should be carried out in a similar manner to the weekly inspection, but include the physical emptying of random bays in order to carry out a more detailed inspection.
    _ It should also be used to check that items already identified as Red Risk have been isolated with the necessary actions taken to rectify the risk. Similarly Orange Risk items should be checked to ensure repairs are underway.
    _ Ensure that all safe working load signs, maintenance and other safety signs are in place.
    Six to Twelve Monthly Inspections
    Must be completed at least once every Twelve months. A major inspection by a technically competent person fully experienced in the identification and categorisation of rack damage. Such a person may be an external specialist capable of giving an independent assessment of the racking. This review should also examine the performance of the reporting procedures and that actual repairs are being carried out.
    The inspection should be comprehensive and include checking for out-of-plumb and ensure that the rack installation has not been altered. A copy of the load application and configuration drawings shall be retained for this purpose.

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