Your Obligation as a Business

To satisfy legal requirements, businesses have a duty of care to maintain storage equipment and maximise safety within the work place.

You have an obligation to carry out in house inspections of your storage equipment on a regular basis. This is to verify the equipment condition at regular intervals, ensuring the storage equipment remains serviceable and safe at all times.

Current legislation falls under various documents. A few examples are as follows:

Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations of 1992
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) of 1998
Warehouse and Storage – A guide to health and safety (HSE76)

One of the easiest documents to follow and take in is HSE76. A copy of which can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg76.htm

The inspection requirement is visual only but should be documented by the nominated PRRS for future reference.

By logging regular checks, any deterioration or damage to the racking system can also highlight repetitive damage and methods of avoiding similar damage in the future.

By following the above guidance, you will achieve much higher levels of safety and more likely to comply with current legislation whilst also maintaining your storage equipment and avoiding unnecessary repair bills.