15 October 2013Colin Hinton of the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s technical committee outlines why the forthcoming SEMA Code of Practice on Rack Protection is essential.
28 May 2013
Jaap Vos is the new President of SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. He is the managing director of SSI Schaefer and brings with him significant experience of the storage and handling industry.
28 May 2013
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is to hold its Annual Standards and Regulations Seminar on Wednesday 5th June at the National Metalforming Centre, West Bromwich.
26 March 2013SEMA leads on safety matters
Major retailers are paying close attention to health and safety issues in the warehouse. Key speakers at SEMA’s Health & Safety Conference included the HSE and the safety, health and environment manager from UK retail giant ASDA.
20 November 2012SEMA continues to lead and influence on the safety front?
It was good to see the retail sector taking a lead at SEMA’s Health & Safety Conference on November 1st. Neil Sheehan, Asda’s safety, health and environment manager spoke on how the retail giant chooses a supplier on the basis of safety.
31 October 2012
It was smiles all round for four lucky storage manufacturing companies at the recent AGM of the SEMA Distributor Group. The SDG launched the Supplier of the Year Awards for best and most improved suppliers.
29 October 2012Simon King is the new chairman of the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) and officially took up office on October 18th at the SDG annual general meeting.
01 August 2012
SEMA Safety Conference 1st November 2012
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is to hold its Annual Safety Conference on Thursday 1st November at the National Motorcycle Museum Solihull.
Key speakers include a policy adviser from the HSE (Legislation update on pedestrian segregation)) and a safety, health and environment manager from retail giant, ASDA (Choosing a supplier on the basis of safety).
26 April 2012SEMA 2012 Storage Standards & Regulations Seminar held 30th May
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is to hold its Annual Standards and Regulations Seminar on Wednesday 30th May at the National Metalforming Centre, West Bromwich.
27 March 2012
Over 3000 individual installers have been trained in storage equipment safety knowledge and skills to SEIRS standards since the scheme was set up in the year 2000.
01 February 2012SEMA President, John Halliday talks about how to ensure you can maximise Return on Investment from your Back of Store storage handling systems, with safety built-in.
When you’re buying storage solutions, your structure should be fit for purpose, offer longevity and give you no cause for concern. Quality of manufacture of constituent products, correct design to meet standards and regulations and installation via safe practices are all on the shopping list.
29 September 2011Look out for the SEMA Distributor Company logo
The Storage Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) has launched a new group for distributor members, the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG).
29 September 2011SEMA Codes of Practice met at The London Metropolitan Archives
The London Metropolitan Archives is the largest local authority record office in the country and custodian of the City of London Archives. This is one of the oldest and most wide-ranging civic archives in the world and holds documents dating back to the 11th century.
08 September 2011
Q. Could you give me some advice on the loading of racking? Am I correct in saying that the design of the racking is to fit with the design of pallets, to enable the pallet blocks to take the weight against the racking beams and not the pallet struts taking the weight on the racking beams.
05 September 2011“Meeting Stakeholder Demands” is the theme for the 2011 Safety Conference by SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association.
05 October 2010Regulatory Compliance
Are you concerned with safety in the storage industry? Perhaps you are an end user of storage equipment responsible for racking and shelving installations. Or maybe you are a third party inspector conducting an annual audit of a storage system or maybe you run an installation company needing to ensure you are installing to industry standards and guidelines.Whatever your position in the storage equipment industry supply chain the SEMA one day safety conference is the place to be. Aimed at suppliers, installers, inspectors and end users, the SEMA Safety Conference covers the latest legislation, techniques and best practice.
This year’s event, sponsored by SESS and Troax, will feature presentations on the PUWER Regulations (part of the legislation to which storage equipment is assessed by the HSE and regulatory bodies), managing rack maintenance from the user’s perspective and the best ways in which to work with the regulatory authorities.
Please contact SEMA for more information including a conference programme and booking form.
31 July 2010
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, has come up with a novel solution to help solve storage problems for users of storage equipment. The Association has runs a Users’ Club to meet the needs of busy professionals who need help and advice on the correct application, installation and use of all types of storage equipment. Commented SEMA Technical Advisor, Colin Hinton, “we get asked all sorts of questions by end users from ‘how do you read a racking load notice’ to ‘what information should I provide to my storage equipment supplier”. “A common query we find relates to the loading of storage racks. Users are often unsure about matters such as uniform load distribution or sometimes how to interpret load notices, particularly if they are newly appointed to a position involving warehouse responsibility”.
“As well as product quality, safety is paramount and it is important for users to understand the significance of relocating beams, for example, and the impact it could have on the whole structure”. A technical help line is just one of the many benefits SEMA Users’ Club members enjoy. SEMA produces a range of publications including industry Codes of Practice on all aspects of storage equipment. These cover the design, supply and installation of racking, shelving, mezzanine floors, and other types of storage products and are all available to Users’ Club members at substantially discounted prices. SEMA Secretary, David Corns adds, “our association is also well placed to keep end users informed up to speed on industry developments such as standards. This includes not only UK standards but European ones as well. In the last few years there have been various developments on the European scene culminating in the publication of several new standards which are beginning to hit the industry. These, together with new SEMA standards and Codes of Practice will almost certainly affect end users”.
SEMA plays a leading role in Europe and communicates developments to Users’ Club via newsletters, bulletins and through its annual Standards and Regulations Seminar. SEMA also holds an annual Safety Conference to which Users Club members have preferential access as indeed they do to other SEMA events.
There is a mountain of information, legislation etc out there that users need to get to grips with – SEMA tries to convey this in a concise and manageable way and very much welcomes the input of end users in this regard.
. Why not come and join us!” Please contact SEMA for more information on the SEMA Users Club.