Maintaining Racks for Safety

Rack System

Inspection Program: Inspection programs depend on the size and use of each rack system. Where racks are heavily used visual inspections should be made on a daily basis. Once a week or bi-weekly is acceptble for racks that are used less frequently. Any damage should be reported immediately.

Repair: In most cases buckled or severely bent rack components should be replaced. Moderate damage such as denting or slight skewing can be corrected by adding bracing or splices. 90% of rack damage occurs between the floor and first horizontal beam, most damage can be seen from floor level.

Rust Prevention and Painting: Rust prevention or touch up painting requirements depend on the application.  Any high moisture or cooler application calls for careful attention to paint conditions.

Tightening Lags and Connecting Bolts: Racks that are lagged at a time of installation should be tightened in accordance with torque data supplied by most manufacturers, and the same criteria must be used when tightening connecting bolts as the security of the entire system is dependent upon proper fastening methods. Random checking should be used to ensure there has been no loosening of lags or connections.

Cleanliness and Good Lighting: Cleanliness and proper lighting are keys to a well run warehousing operation. A well maintained and clean storage are are musts in any phase of the food industry and good housekeeping should be prevalent in all storage operations. Proper lighting facilitates rack entry and pallet placement and aids in reducing rack damage.

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