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Racking systems are an often unthought of necessity when it comes to your warehouse. We tend to set and forget this vital part of operations and more often than not we miss some very important considerations.
Some systems can be large scale and others can be quite small, but no matter which you have there are 3 main things to account for; racking structural safety, warehouse layout optimization, and budget value. Let’s take a look!
These three factors work in tandem to ensure you are truly getting the most out of your racking, both new and existing systems. You must ensure that your racking in both cases is engineered and maintained for safety in accordance with OHSA standards.
“The OHSA requires the employer to ensure that the equipment it provides is maintained in good condition. Racks must be maintained in good condition by replacing/repairing damaged components of a racking system [OHSA, clause 25(1)(b)].” – Learn more here
Safety accordance also includes ensuring there are no obstructions and having adequate lighting. This can be addressed from the start when considering your racking layout.
There are many factors at play when looking to design or install a new racking system, whether it be structural, push back or simple shelving. Your racking specialist will look at key points for safety such as lighting, aisle allowances, height restrictions and the location of fire extinguishers, exits and sprinklers.
They will also optimize your space, ensuring that you get the most out of your racking and warehouse. A balance must be struck between floor space and vertical space usage. It’s their job to make sure you are getting the best possible value based on your needs. This also means creating a system that can house your inventory as well as improve your efficiency, making accessing that inventory easier.
That’s where budget and value come shining through! For new or older racking, ensuring that components are well maintained, up to date and that your racking is working for you means you can get the most for your dollar. Your racking specialist wants to ensure that they can go above and beyond what you expect within your budget. What may seem like a small problem now can result in large, expensive problems down the line. A properly maintained racking system can increase pallet density and reduce labour costs. Even staying on top of minor repairs can save hours of downtime for your business!
Damage caused by forklifts and moving products can lead to structural damage or even a collapse. Structural failures lead to downtime, product loss and even tragic accidents. A good investment in maintenance or proper engineering can save you in the long run. Many companies offer racking assessments that are tailored to help you find existing issues or to help you plan a new racking set-up. A bit of planning and a solid budget can help you address all these things and get the very best value!
Are you wondering how well your structural racking system is holding up? Confused about who to call for a new racking build? A good place to find these answers can be found at the Ontario Labour website. You can also visit our Racking Page to learn what we do and how we can help you!