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SEMA Means Safety in Storage

SEMA Means Safety in Storage

18 August 2016

The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association enters its 50th year in 2017. Building ever closer links with statutory and lead bodies including the HSE, CSCS and RoSPA, SEMA is the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry and is committed to promoting and extending the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by its members.

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SEMA updates Cantilever Racking Code

SEMA updates Cantilever Racking Code

26 July 2016

SEMA has updated and published its Code of Practice for the Design and Use of Cantilever Racking Systems.

 

Colin Hinton, member of the SEMA Technical Committee says: “The new Cantilever Code supersedes the earlier version dated 2004 as clearances and serviceability limits have now been revised.”

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SEMA Approved Installation Companies launch best practice video on new website

SEMA Approved Installation Companies launch best practice video on new website

19 May 2016

SEMA Approved Installation Companies (SAICs) have launched a short video illustrating how adjustable pallet racking is safely constructed in a real, live build pallet racking project, using the trained and qualified personnel of a SEMA Approved Installation Company.

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SEMA guidance on Load Notices displayed on storage systems

SEMA guidance on Load Notices displayed on storage systems

17 May 2016

Alan Worrell of SEMA’s Technical Committee offers guidance on Load Notices displayed on storage systems.

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Watch SAIC's safe installation in action

Watch SAIC's safe installation in action

15 May 2016

By Lionel Drage, chairman of the SEMA SAIC group (SEMA Approved Installation Companies)

Thankfully racking collapses are few and far between. But they can and do happen, causing serious injury or fatality; and loss of reputation through claims for corporate negligence. Sadly, it is almost always due to bad practice.

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Relief as worker survives major rack collapse

Relief as worker survives major rack collapse

11 May 2016

By Matt Grierson, President of SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association

This particular racking collapse made national TV coverage this weekend when we saw a trapped worker walk to safety after being buried for eight hours under tons of collapsed racking at a warehouse. SEMA would not wish to comment on the circumstances leading to the collapse at this stage as the HSE will be investigating. 

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Safety legislation just got tougher!

Safety legislation just got tougher!

10 January 2016

SEMA’s President Matt Grierson says that the legal onus on end users of storage systems to implement rigorous safety measures has now grown significantly. The association offers structure and support on compliance to purchasers and users of storage equipment.

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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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