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SEMA’s New Guide to the Conduct of Inspections


SEMA, The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association has launched a new publication called The SEMA Guide to the Conduct of Racking and Shelving Inspections which comprises a major revision to its predecessor.

Storage products and systems have become increasingly diverse and so this technical reference covers not only pallet racking but APR, live storage, shuttle racking, cantilever, drive-through, push back and power-operated mobile systems.

The publication covers, in a broken-down easy to follow format, the approach a SEMA Approved Racking Inspector (SARI - or other suitably qualified professional) will take during the “Expert” (normally annual) inspection.

Steve Cowen, Chair of SEMA’s Technical Committee said:

SEMA has refreshed its rigorous approach to racking and storage system inspections in a number of ways. They have looked at how SARIs conduct two very different types of inspection and what the customer should expect.

“A damage only inspection provides a list of damaged items and their location. It’s OK as far as it goes whereas a full SARI report, offers far more. It will check immediate and regular scrutiny is being carried out; identify/check rack configuration, type and manufacturer and a general identification of components including a check of the accuracy of load notices. It gives classified results and confirms that damaged components are being replaced. It also will identify repetitive damage and propose future solutions/modifications. Vitally, it will notify of any Red Risks present as classified by SEMA’s unique traffic light risk categories which have been established for almost 40 years now and adopted largely worldwide.”

To obtain Sema publications or more information on the new inspections guide, please contact or contact Paula on 0121 601 6718