Safety Legislation

Under current legislation it is the employer’s duty to provide a safe working environment, this includes the following statutory regulations:

 Health and Safety at work Act 1974 | view here >>

Section 2: Duties of the Employer

Section 7 & 8: Duties of Employees


Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 | view here >>

Regulation 3: Risk Assessment

Regulation 11: Capabilities and Training


Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) | view here >>

Regulation 5: Maintenance
1. Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and good repair.
2. Every employer shall ensure that where any machinery has a maintenance log, the log is kept up to date.

Regulation 6: Inspection
1. Every employer shall ensure where the safety of work equipment depends on the installation conditions, it is inspected:-
(a) After installation and before being put into service for the first time.
(b) After assembly at a new site or in a new location.
To ensure that it it has been installed correctly and is safe to operate

2. Every employer shall ensure that work equipment exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is inspected
(a) At suitable intervals.
(b) Each time that exceptional circumstances which are liable to jeopardise the safety of the work equipment may have occurred.
To ensure that Health & Safety conditions are maintained and that any deterioration can be detected and remedied in good time.

Regulation 22: Maintenance Operations
Every employer must take appropriate measures to ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted that, so far as is reasonably practicable, maintenance operations which involve a risk to health and safety can be carried out while the work equipment is shut down or
To ensure that it it has been installed correctly and is safe to operate.


Racking is work equipment and requires to be in an efficient state, efficient working order and in good repair, as detailed in the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Racking should be inspected on a regular basis as recommended in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. The inspection should be carried out in accordance with SEMA Guideline No. 6 - Guide to the Conduct of Pallet Racking and Shelving Surveys. The frequency of the inspections depends on a wide variety of factors that are particular to the operator’s site, but the first inspection is normally carried out within 6 months of the installation becoming operational and thereafter at a maximum of 12-month intervals, depending on the amount of damage sustained. Records of these inspections must be maintained.