28 March 2018
SEMA Approved Installation Companies (SAICs) have followed in the footsteps of SEMA Distributor Companies (SDCs) in offering up their businesses to an in-depth quality audit. The programme commissioned by the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA) was conducted by Wayne Wiggins, auditor for external quality assurance company QCS International.
The audit is a brand-new SEMA initiative and designed to inject further rigour into SEMA group membership criteria. Outcomes are very positive and it’s encouraging to learn that 23% of companies achieved a Highly Commended score of 90% or above.
05 March 2018
Guidance on best practice from SEMA’s Technical Committee - In 2017, the storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA) refreshed its rigorous approach to rack inspections as rack collapses can and do cause severe injury and sometimes even fatalities. There are three main reasons for a rack inspection.
05 March 2018
Fire Protection Specialist, Nigel Gillingham of SIGplc was recently a key speaker at the StorageEquipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA) annual safety conference recently. Here, he offers some timely reminders on how fire protection is a critical responsibility for all businesses.
30 November 2017
When choosing a new storage system, the three key criteria to look for are a safe working environment, accessibliity to assets and minimising potential damage to products stored.
On safety, help is at hand from SEMA which is the 50-year-old British trade association of the storage equipment industry that's well equipped to offer holistic structure and support on compliance to purchasers and users of storage equipment. We continually spearhead the drive to promote and extend the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by our members.
09 November 2017
The latest audit of SEMA Distributor Companies (SDCs) proves outstanding progress has been made since the process was initiated in 2014. Three years ago, the group set out to demonstrate that clear blue water exists between these businesses and other storage industry operators.
The evidence-based assessments for the 30-strong group reveal that every single member has passed scrutiny in 2017 with average scores improving by a comfortable margin to 86%. The percentage achieving Highly Commended has doubled to 61%.
This means that every single SEMA Distributor Company can prove that their products and services meet and beat the SEMA QA standard by way of independent certification.
02 November 2017
With warehouse space now at a premium, specifications and configurations using diverse types of racking and shelving can make a massive difference to efficiency, productivity and profit. But it’s not about that golden calculation, ‘price per pallet position’, at all – in fact, it’s far from!
For end users, the Holy Grail is about bespoke solutions where all the variables are considered and included so that a true Return On Investment figure is arrived at. Payback can normally be arrived at over a two-year period, bringing ROI sharply into focus, if you’re talking to the right supplier. The three key criteria to look for are a safe working environment, accessibility to pallets and minimising damage to products stored.
26 October 2017
SEMA’s influence is well recognised and cultural change has been adopted by some of our best-known companies, some of which have global reach. Our 2017 safety conference on November 2nd will welcome a number of speakers who have embraced SEMA’s codes of practice and the association’s prescribed methods of racking inspection, maintenance and repair.
11 October 2017
The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association philosophy is that safe storage follows a structured approach; safe design to meet SEMA’s codes of practice, safe manufacture offering traceability of product, safe installation by SEIRS qualified labour and safe use including rack inspection and maintenance.
05 October 2017
For the third consecutive year, both Storax and Troax were selected as suppliers of choice at the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) Supplier of the Year awards 2017. Storax retained the top honours, with Troax named as runner up.
08 August 2017
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is to hold its Annual Safety Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 2nd of November at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull. Nine speakers cover current statutory and generic product related topics illustrated by case study material on the theme of “Safety in the Storage Industry: Aiming High” which will be chaired by SEMA President, Jaap Vos.
02 June 2017
Updated for 2017, SEMA's very popular course on Rack Safety Awareness supports individuals who will be responsible for the regular inspections or operation of adjustable pallet racking. It aims to help delegates understand the importance of a rigorous routine and the methods of identifying, reporting and inspecting damage together with the required follow up actions.
09 May 2017
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is to hold its first full day technical conference on Tuesday 6th June at the Park Inn, West Bromwich which be chaired by SEMA President Jaap Vos.
Eight speakers cover a raft of technical content relevant to all those working in the safe manufacture, design, supply and installation of storage systems.
20 March 2017
By Chris O’Connor, the new President of SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
2017 marks the association’s 50th year of service. The underlying theme to our current agenda is that of “Safeguarding". Our focus is on how we can specifically support our industry by continually improving standards of safe design, safe manufacture and safe installation together with safe maintenance procedures.
SEMA’s “To Do” list is already well defined and each of our member groups and companies must lead by example. We are encouraging rigour among manufacturers, distributors, approved installation companies, racking inspectors and installers. The outcome for end users is surety of compliance and Return on Investment.
15 February 2017
2017 sees SEMA enter its 50th year of service to the handling and storage industry. The underlying theme to our agenda this year is that of "Safeguarding". We work by continual evolution and not revolution, and so 2017 will comprise of broadening the scope and reach of SEMA's firm influence in order to continually shape what safety looks like.
22 December 2016
Jonathan Bennett Chairman of the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) has noticed a distinct change in attitudes towards rack maintenance from end users of storage systems. He says; "Since compulsory independent auditing of SDG members was introduced in 2014, we have seen the market become much more discerning. As the multichannel approach to distribution continues to advance, these businesses need to know that not too far from their UK-wide operations, there's an SDG company that has the correct level of knowledge on storage design and qualified labour who can offer on-site support, typically at 24 hours' notice.
20 December 2016
Our 2016 campaign, Safety’s a Job for All continued in our mission to spell out to both end user businesses and our own industry that they each bear a responsibility to contribute to the pursuit of a zero accident work environment.
In 2017, SEMA enters its 50th year of service and our agenda remains unwavering. We are proud of the rigorous structure and standards developed by SEMA and the fruits of our labours are evident.
09 December 2016
SEMA’s burning issue always has and always will be delivering on safety in storage. With almost half a century of service to this industry, the structure and standards which SEMA has needed to develop are to the benefit of everyone who works in our sector.
The principles are simple. Safe storage follows a cyclical approach; safe manufacture offering full traceability of product, safe design to meet SEMA’s strict codes of practice, safe installation by SEIRS qualified labour and a rigorous, structured approach to rack maintenance through inspection and repair.
01 December 2016
The Storage Equipment Installers' Registration Scheme (SEIRS) has been approved to operate as a Partner Card Scheme as it meets the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).
SEMA SAFETY CONFERENCE 2016 THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2016 “Safety in the Storage Industry: Meeting Customers’ Expectations”
09 October 2016
Want to learn how some of the UK’s biggest brands manage key safety issues? Then join SEMA’s annual conference and exhibition Safety in the Storage Industry: Meeting Customers’ Expectations on November 3rd.
29 September 2016
Alan Worrell of SEMA’s Technical Committee says that the SEMA load notice is a safety sign that is intended to allow us to operate our storage equipment safely but can be overlooked. In this blog, he looks at their development over time, their use day and limitations; and gives a useful example of how to calculate the correct load for a particular piece of racking.