Installing a new industrial racking system is a big task for any warehouse. With a long planning and design phase, purchasing, delivery, installation, calculations and regulations to follow it is easy to forget a few things. Extras like labelling, floor marking and rack protection don’t normally come together with racking but it is best to add these to ensure racking is safe, functional and easy to manage. Here are some of the most important extras to remember after installing new industrial racking.
1. Add Labels
Aisle and bay numbers, weight notices, product labels and procedural documentation all needs to be present and visible on and around the racking. This helps keep racking organised and makes storage easier to manage. Read this post to see how labelling can cut down your costs.
2. Use Floor Marking
You can use coloured tape to mark certain areas where it is safe for forklifts to drive and pedestrians to walk. It can also indicate PPE requirements in the area using a colour coded system. This is a major health and safety tip too, as it keeps unprotected pedestrians away from certain hazards, as well as keeping the warehouse organised. This guide explains what floor marking you should be using.
3. Don’t Forget about Safety Signs
Safety signs should be visible at crossings inside the warehouse to indicate procedures for both forklift drivers and pedestrians. On the racking itself, there needs to be signage indicating what loads are to be stored. This includes information about the individual and total loads that racking is rated to carry, as well as uniform distribution notices. Don’t forget to include the usual signs like fire exits and directions to other parts of the warehouse.
4. Invest in Rack Protection
As we’ve mentioned numerous times, rack protection is an essential extra. It helps keep industrial racking safe from damage sustained in daily wear and tear, and forklift accidents. Protection comes in various forms, from post protectors to ground bolted frames. Preventing racking damage is always a better solution than repairing or worse, replacing damaged racks. Invest in protection, it will pay off!
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5. Maintain Relationship with the Supplier
It’s always a good idea to keep in contact with your racking supplier. They will normally be able to repair or replace racking that sustained damage, or at least forward you to the people who can.
6. Inspect Racking Regularly
You should aim to have a professional racking inspection once a year. This ensures that racking is compliant with regulations. It is also sensible for you to make internal inspections, making ensure all damages are noticed straight away. It’s good to have a checklist ready and book in inspections for the whole year so nothing comes as a surprise. Look at four other ways to make pallet racking last long.
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