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Racking Inspection Checklists

Published 19 Oct 2021

A racking inspection checklist is used by authorized warehouse inspectors to identify rack issues or any potential risks of a rack collapsing.This tool can be used to assess rack components, such as frames, beams, and braces, and determine the level of risks through the traffic light system. Regular racking inspections can help prevent serious injuries and fatalities from rack collapses.

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OSHA Racking Inspection Guidelines

OSHA is an agency of the United States Department of Labor division. Its sole purpose is to keep workplaces and workers safe. There are no specific guidelines for a warehouse racking safety checklist, however, OSHA’s general clause covers safety regulations to keep workplaces safe. Here are 3 standards that address common concerns in pallet racking, storage, as well as the operation space for safe maneuvering of forklifts:

  1. 1910.176(a) – This covers the usage of mechanical equipment. OSHA requires proper handling of mechanical equipment, sufficient safe clearances, and proper markings for permanent aisles and passageways.
  2. 1910.176(b) – This standard requires a proper storage system or procedure in the workplace to avoid hazards. According to the regulation, bags, containers, bundles, etc. should be stored in tiers, stacked, blocked, interlocked, and limited in height so that they are stable and safe, with little to no chance of sliding or collapse.
  3. 1910.176(c) – This standard focuses on proper housekeeping of storage areas. It requires storage areas to be free from materials that can cause hazards such as tripping, fire, explosion, or pest harborage.

Understanding the Traffic Light System

A racking inspection checklist details exactly which components of the racking system an inspector should be looking at—frames, beams, and braces. The traffic light system is used to measure the damage severity and indicate the risk level. Each color corresponds to a required action for record-keeping and monitoring.

racking inspection traffic light system

Build Racking Inspection Forms with iAuditor

Rack inspectors can take advantage of mobile technology such as iAuditor to streamline racking inspections and reporting. iAuditor is the world’s #1 inspection software and can be used by rack inspectors to:

  • Perform efficient racking inspections on a mobile device
  • Gather photo evidence of damaged warehouse racks
  • Create traffic light system-based actions with colleagues or superiors
  • Automatically generate and share reports as you complete an inspection

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Shine Colcol

Shine Colcol is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2019, mostly covering topics about health and safety, environmental, and operations management. She is passionate in empowering teams to build a culture of continuous improvement through well-researched and engaging content. Her experience in cross-industry digital publishing help enrich the quality of information in her articles.

Shine Colcol is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2019, mostly covering topics about health and safety, environmental, and operations management. She is passionate in empowering teams to build a culture of continuous improvement through well-researched and engaging content. Her experience in cross-industry digital publishing help enrich the quality of information in her articles.