Rack inspection to the highest standards

To ensure a smooth workflow, safety standards and compliance with them play a key role in every area of the company – including the warehouse. The use of industrial trucks and complex order picking processes harbours a risk of damage – to the racking in the logistics warehouse, for example. This is why a properly conducted racking inspection is essential. What may seem like a costly obligation at first glance offers great savings potential on closer inspection. Accidents with costly consequences can be avoided. Repairs remain manageable and regular safety checks and analyses create the conditions for preventive measures.

The masterplan

The European standard for the operation, maintenance and repair of steel shelving (DIN EN 15635) defines the procedure for a shelving inspection. The inspection obligation set out here applies to all types of racking and specifies a three-stage inspection procedure:

1. immediate report

In principle, any damage that occurs must be reported immediately to the responsible safety officer. This requirement is particularly important, as even minor defects in racking systems can result in major damage. Acting with foresight is therefore the basis for dealing with the problem efficiently and avoiding consequential damage.

2. visual check

To ensure that no damage goes unnoticed, an appropriately trained employee should carry out weekly visual inspections. The European directive also requires a results protocol for this regular, in-house shelf inspection.

3. expert inspection

In addition, a certified racking inspector from the Association for Storage Technology and Operating Equipment, TÜV or DEKRA must inspect the entire racking system every 12 months. ELVEDI exclusively employs externally certified and trained rack inspectors who are authorised for the annual safety inspection and can assist in determining the causes.

Shelving systems subject to mandatory inspection include

  • Shelving racks
  • Pallet racking
  • Cantilever racking
  • Drive-in racking
  • Drive-through racking
  • Live storage racking
  • Multi-storey installations

Measures required in the event of damage

Have you discovered damage to your shelving systems? What to do in this case depends on the classification of the hazard colour in the test report. DIN EN 15635 specifies which measures are to be carried out for which hazard level:

Hazard level I (green): Monitoring of the damaged area

The damage does not lead to a reduction in the load capacity specified on the rating plate. The components must be marked with the corresponding colour coding, documented and checked at the next inspection.

Hazard level II (orange): Further measures

The storage device must be locked as quickly as possible to prevent accidental loading. If a damaged component is unloaded, it must be repaired before it is loaded again. However, immediate measures are not required for an orange hazard level. Nevertheless, it will develop into a red hazard level four weeks after the first labelling if it has not been repaired.

Danger level III (red): Immediate measures

This classification indicates serious damage that significantly impairs the load-bearing capacity of the components and makes them an occupational hazard. It is therefore urgently necessary to close the storage zone and repair or replace the affected components immediately.

Attention: According to chapter 9.7.1 of DIN 15635, only the supplier of the corresponding device may authorise a repair. Otherwise, the damaged component must be completely replaced. However, denting or similar attempts to repair the component usually make the damage worse. A damaged shelf upright and defective crossbars should be replaced under all circumstances. Repairs that have not been discussed with the manufacturer can be life-threatening!

Only the use of original parts and transparent communication with the manufacturer avoids the risks of rack repair and protects the people involved. Continuous operator training and proper handling of the storage system prevent damage and prevent the need for repairs.

Further up-to-date information on replacing shelving components can be found here:

Guide to shelf inspection (GB) (verband-lb.de)

Are you interested in a shelving inspection? ELVEDI offers you a racking inspection at a fixed price. Request a quote using our contact form: