Warehouse pallet racking along with all other forms of storage equipment is considered as work equipment, and therefore must comply with PUWER. If your equipment does not meet the standards set out in PUWER then you could potentially be risking the lives of your employees, or exposing yourself and your company to prosecution.
PUWER 1998 assesses and aims to prevent risk of injury to workers from any equipment they use. It places responsibilities on employers and businesses which own or use equipment for work, or whose employees use equipment, even if it is not owned by them. The regulations therefore cover any equipment which is used by an employee at work, but not equipment which is used by the public.
The regulations demand that all employers must ensure that their equipment is suitable for its purpose, in good working order, safe to use, maintained correctly, inspected regularly, accompanied by appropriate health and safety measures to ensure that it is not a risk to health and sfatey, and that it is only used by people who have received the necessary training and information. Machinery must have a maintenance log which is kept up to date.
Equipment includes machinery and tools, and covers just about anything used by an employee for working, including equipment that the employees provide themselves. Employers have a responsibility to make sure that employees’ equipment complies with PUWER. PUWER applies to any workplace where the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 is in force – this includes shops, offices, factories, warehouses, hospitals, construction sites etc.
The easiest way to ensure that you comply with PUWER is to get a SEMA racking inspection from PD Industrial. We can give advice and provide a comprehensive report on your equipment.