Why bother carrying out inspections?
There are many legal obligations placed on employers, one of the most important of which is the necessity to ensure employees work in a safe environment with safe work equipment.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, storage systems are classed as work equipment, and as such, there is a statutory obligation to ensure they are maintained in safe working condition.
The objective is to minimise the risks to persons working around storage equipment and prevent accidents. Failure to comply with the law and fulfil your responsibilities could result in a prosecution, or more seriously, a critical injury or worse should equipment fail and collapse.
The Workplace, Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 – Maintenance of workplace, and of equipment, devices and systems
These regulation place a responsibility on operators to ensure that devices and systems are maintained in working order and that maintenance is carried out to ensure they are kept in a good state of repair.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
These regulations place a responsibility on operators to ensure that equipment is maintained in a good state of repair and a documented equipment log is maintained. In particular, where systems are exposed to conditions which could cause deterioration, there is an obligation to carry out regular inspections and remedial works.
The HSE Warehouse and Storage Safety Guide HS (G) 76
This booklet contains advice on safety around the warehouse, with particular focus on the inspection regime which needs to be employed for monitoring storage systems.
- Relevant Health and Safety Law
- Health and safety at work act 1974 section 2
- Provision and use of work equipment regulations (PUWER) 1998 section 5 and 6
- Health and Safety in retail and wholesale warehouses HS (G)76
- Management of health and safety at work regulations 1992