No matter how thick the steel is in your Pallet Racking – it will still corrode if it is unprotected. Pallet Racks utilised in external yard environments or harsh conditions such as chill stores should be galvanised, paint will only protect against corrosion in the short term.
Environmental Health Officers and Health & Safety Executive Officers will often serve a prohibition notice on Racking showing signs of corrosion
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you to:
- Provide safe systems and equipment for using, handling, storing and transporting articles and substances.
- Provide the relevant information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the health and safety at work of employees
Corrosion is an indicator of the metal weakening, even if you adhere to the original weight allowances the mass of storage can prove too much for weakened racking resulting in a collapse.
Don’t run the risk of falling stock endangering your staff or customers…
If it comes down on someone you could ‘go down’ with it!
DON’T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS…
The guidance from SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) is that any significant corrosion requires replacement