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Common Questions Answered

How often do we need a warehouse racking inspection ?

You should have your warehouse racking inspected as soon as possible following installation and ideally before the racks are even loaded, and then following any significant layout or operational changes,


After the initial inspection you should continue to have your racking inspected regularly at intervals of not more than 12 months (ref HSG76 'Warehousing & Storage, and SEMA guidelines). 

Who can complete our annual racking inspection?

You must have your annual inspections completed by a SARI (SEMA Approved Racking Inspector) or a similarly qualified competent person.


A SARI qualification is recognised by the HSE as conferring competence and adhering to the standards as set out by SEMA.

We inspect our racking weekly. Do we still need an annual inspection?

In a word - Yes.


As well as the regular internal inspections annual inspections are required by a SARI (SEMA Approved Rack Inspector) or similarly qualified 'Technically competent person'.

Do I really need to have my racking inspected?



Under the PUWER regulations pallet racking is classed as 'Work Equipment' and as such must be inspected regularly by a SARI (SEMA Approved Rack Inspector) or similarly qualified 'Technically competent person'.

How often is a Competent Person Inspection required?

Competent Person inspections, also known as 'expert' inspections, are required at least annually.


In some applications they may need to be more frequent i.e. in high activity applications or where the incidence of damage is significantly higher than normal.

What is a PRRS?

A PRRS is the 'Person Responsible for Racking Safety'.


HSG 76 sets out the duties for this person but broadly they should ensure that inspections are carried out as required and that all necessary remedial works are effected in a timely manner.

How much does an inspection cost?

We price inspections according to the storage capacity of your warehouse, rack type, and environment.


Simply compete the enquiry form and we will email a no obligation quote.

Are Racking Inspection Services inspectors qualified?

Yes. The inspection will be carried out by a fully qualified SARI (SEMA Approved Rack Inspector).


Inspectors are required to undergo regular CPD so are always fully up to date with industry standards and guidelines. The SARI qualification is recognised by the HSE as a 'Technically competent person'.

Are Racking Inspection Services insured?



Racking Inspection Services carries full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.


Copies available on request.

Does the Racking Need to be Empty for an Inspection?

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


The inspection is based on what is visible from the aisle at the time of inspection so we always ask that aisles are clear, any 'clip on' type guards that fit directly to the uprights are removed and pallets - particularly in ground locations - are not stacked hard up against uprights since this prevents inspection of the frame bracing and rear elements of the structure.


If we can't see it we can't inspect it!


Some clients schedule their inspections to coincide with periodic low stock levels, shut downs, or simply when the warehouse is not busy to aviod everyone getting in each others way.

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