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SEMA’s Load Notices Carry Weight

SEMA’s Load Notices Carry Weight

20 December 2015

Load signs need careful scrutiny by the customer to ensure that they actually do help protect workers from injury. Alan Worrell of SEMA’s Technical Committee clarifies end users’ responsibilities and summarises the origins and value of this key piece of signage.

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SEMA champions safety for almost 50 years

SEMA champions safety for almost 50 years

15 December 2015

 SEMA was established as far back as 1968. So for almost half a century, the association has acted as a beacon in terms of best practice; and much of its work is regarded as exemplary.  2015 has been another landmark year and, by means of illustration, our Code of Practice for the Design and Use of Racking Protection is recognised as the most comprehensive in Europe.

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SEMA says Three Steps to Safety pays

SEMA says Three Steps to Safety pays

20 November 2015

SEMA’s President Matt Grierson reviews the association’s achievements in 2015 and looks forward to 2016 in its continued mission to put zero harm at the heart of the storage industry.

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SEMA's 1-2-3 on Maintenance and Repair

SEMA's 1-2-3 on Maintenance and Repair

25 June 2015

SEMA's Steve Hall concludes the lead body's Three Steps to Safety campaign by offering best practice guidance to end users on the maintenance and repair of storage systems including the best use of rack protection measures.  Again, it's as easy as 1-2-3!

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SEMA on Rack Protection

SEMA on Rack Protection

25 May 2015

Colin Hinton of the Storage Equipment Manufactorers' Association's Technical Committee outlines best practice enshrined in Europe's foremost reference; the SEMA Code of Practice on Rack Protection.

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Safe Installation Guaranteed by SEMA Standards

Safe Installation Guaranteed by SEMA Standards

10 May 2015

Safe storage follows a three step process; safe design; safe installation and safe maintenance.  As part of SEMA’s Three Steps to Safety campaign, the association’s President Matt Grierson outlines how to choose the right suppliers at Step 2: the installation stage.

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SEMA raises standards again on 3rd June

SEMA raises standards again on 3rd June

05 May 2015

SEMA’s president, Matt Grierson will chair the association’s Standards & Regulations Seminar 2015 on Wednesday 3rd June.

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SEMA where Safe Efficient Storage comes as Standard

SEMA where Safe Efficient Storage comes as Standard

01 April 2015

As part of SEMA's Three Steps to Safety campaign, the association's Vice President Chris O'Connor explains how safe storage design makes commercial and practical common sense.

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Join SEMA's Three Steps to Safety Campaign

Join SEMA's Three Steps to Safety Campaign

01 February 2015

SEMA's new president, Matt Grierson urges everyone in the storage industry to get involved in making the industry a zero-accident place to work.

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Racking and Storage - Let the Buyer Beware!

Racking and Storage - Let the Buyer Beware!

04 December 2014

Racking and Storage - Let the Buyer Beware!

Don't know what standards your existing storage schemes are designed to?  Fed up of the time it takes to check the details on a storage firm's quality credentials?  Ever wish someone else had done the leg work on health and safety, use of trained labour and correct storage design so you can sign on the dotted line?

Help is at hand from SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers' Association.  Each of SEMA's five membership groups places health and safety at the heart of its agenda and together they cover the full supply chain.  With a mandate to establish and continually improve safe working practices in the storage industry and a 50 year history, SEMA works cohesively with the HSE, CSCS, RoSPA and other lead bodies. 

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Trio backs zero accident working environment

Trio backs zero accident working environment

27 October 2014

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is backing SEMA's requirement for installer training to be on-going in the storage equipment industry.  CSCS is the leading certification card scheme for construction.  CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications.

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Storax and Moresecure victorious again at SDG Awards

Storax and Moresecure victorious again at SDG Awards

17 October 2014

Storax and Moresecure remained victorious at the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) Supplier of the Year awards 2014.

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Caveat Emptor or just say no to 'Prop and Cut' leg repairs!!

13 May 2014

On the basis of safety, SEMA completely opposes the use of cutting out and replacing sections of damaged uprights without offloading in order to save money on rack replacements.  This method is not underwritten by any of the main rack manufacturers whose products are being modified or by the statutory authorities because:

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Preventing racking collapse

Preventing racking collapse

06 May 2014

Jonathan Bennett, Chairman of the SEMA Distributor Group gives guidance on safe racking installations from cradle to grave.

Whether or not there’s a future for brick and mortar retail, the warehouse will remain a key part of a retailer’s estate. It’s been estimated that there’s a racking collapse every week in the UK, fortunately most collapses don’t cause serious injury or fatality but prosecution under corporate manslaughter legislation remains a distinct possibility.


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SEMA launches two new codes of practice at Storage Standards & Regulations Seminar on 4th June

15 April 2014

SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers' Association will launch two new Codes of Practice at its Annual Standards & Regulations Seminar on Wednesday 4th June.

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SEMA launches two new Codes of Practice at Storage Standards & Regulations Seminar on 4th June

08 April 2014

SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturer's Association will launch two new Codes of Practice at its Annual Standards & Regulations Seminar on Wednesday 4th June.

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New Audit Initiative for SEMA Distributors

17 February 2014

SEMA’s Distributor Company QA scheme saves you risk and time!
Every SEMA Distributor Company (SDC) is to be independently audited on quality in a pioneering scheme launched by the group in 2014. 
It’s the first scheme of its type for the storage industry and all SDCs must be independently audited on no fewer than 25 quality measures to retain their membership status.

 

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SEMA Technical Achievements

19 November 2013

SEMA, the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry, is proud of its  2013 achievements, pushing back boundaries on safety once again.

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SDG Supplier of the Year 2013

SDG Supplier of the Year 2013

25 October 2013

SEMA Distributor Group announces Supplier of the Year awards 2013

Moresecure has scooped a double accolade in the SEMA Distributor Group’s (SDG) Supplier of the Year Awards 2013.

The company carried off first place in both ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Most Improved Supplier’ categories. Storax took second place and Redirack came third as the SEMA Distributor Group’s chosen suppliers.

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SEMA Safety Conference 2013

SEMA Safety Conference 2013

16 October 2013

One Small Step for Man: the SEMA 2013 one day safety conference held 7th November

SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is to hold its Annual Safety Conference on Thursday 7th November at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull.

2013’s theme on safety in the storage industry is One Small Step for Man. Two HSE inspectors cover critical aspects of safety in the workplace. Dr Sarah Haynes reviews Noise and Hand Arm Vibration in terms of how to control risk and what measures should be adopted. In Asbestos: Is that Still Around? Michael Bone discusses what to do if this hazardous material is encountered, both practically and in terms of legislation.

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