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RACK SAFETY

 

We manufacture and install all of our racking and shelving to meet required safety standards and building codes. NAS works closely with CSA, ANSI and RMI design codes to ensure that every system meets or exceeds these racking safety standards. In addition to complying with all required mechanical and structural building codes, our welding practices are regularly certified by the CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau). We emphasize that if changes are made to our racking installations (i.e. moving and reassembling racking) to contact us for information as to the effect the changes will have on the stability and weight capacity of the pallet racking

Ministry of Labour racking inspection and safety certification services are also available to ensure your pallet racking is safe for use and able to handle the certified capacities. Improperly installed or damaged racking is unsafe for use and can lead to serious consequences. Our safety standards from the manufacturing level to onsite installation of your shelving and pallet racking ensure a safe work environment for your company.

Ministry of Labour racking inspection and safety certification services are also available to ensure your pallet racking is safe for use and able to handle the certified capacities. Improperly installed or damaged racking is unsafe for use and can lead to serious consequences. Our safety standards from the manufacturing level to onsite installation of your shelving and pallet racking ensure a safe work environment for your company.

Racking Inspection

 

NAS is pleased to offer pallet racking safety inspections on existing or newly installed pallet racking. All inspections are carried out by our qualified PSR personnel. As a manufacturer of racking, we provide a PSR exemption letter stating the capacity of racking based on their elevations.

 

During the visual inspection of the facility, observations include damage to columns, beams and braces, missing anchors, safety pins and safety bars. The report is signed by an Engineer and provides recommendations on bringing the systems back to conformity following the CAN/CSA A344 and MH16.1 (RMI) standards.

A racking inspection will:

  • Highlight elements of your existing racking that may cause injury to employees
  • Reduce the risk of your system collapsing by detecting deficiencies early
  • Ensures that you are fully compliant to regulations and capacity loads
  • Extend the lifespan of your facility and minimize costly future repairs

Rack inspections may be conducted annually, quarterly or more frequently depending on the size and amount of movement in your warehouse.

 

On completion of the Inspection, NAS will provide the following information:

 

  • Detailed report on your racking and shelving in accordance with PSR guidelines
  • Highlight specific areas that present risk or require attention
  • Drawings of your storage facility’s layout to include current pallet or beam level capacities

FAQ’S

Do I need load capacities displayed on my racks?

Yes. North American building codes refer to the rack design standards in which it is indicated that the rack’s load capacity must be displayed. Neither code imposes a method, but load capacity labels placed on each bay or load capacity plaques placed at the end of aisles are the most common.

What standards do your engineers, services and products abide by?

In the US, the IBC (International Building Code) refers to MH16.1 (RMI’s Rack Design Standard) which defines how racking should be designed and maintained. In Canada, the latest NBC (National Building Code) refers to CSA S16 for the design of steel structures including racks. As this is a relatively new code, some provinces still use the previous rack design code A344.