27 May 2021
The Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme or SEIRS is a unique initiative which address the health and safety needs of the industry. Recognised as a best practice example of the industry regulating itself, SEIRS is based on three key components: an installation code of practice, training courses and ID card and registration system.
30 March 2021
A well-designed racking system built and installed to SEMA Codes of Practice, used safely by the workforce and maintained correctly has been proven to deliver a robust return on investment over many years. SEMA knows that training is central to best practice which is why we are recognised as a governing training body of the UK storage industry.
15 December 2020
Statistics show that demand for ecommerce has grown exponentially with online sales in April up by more than 50% compared to last year. This has driven significant demand for new and additional warehousing. There is a bewildering choice out there and safety and efficiency don’t necessarily come at an added price.
Today, safe storage is well within reach when you follow SEMA’s well defined, best practice. As the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry, our definitive standards have been established gradually but succinctly over half a century. We are committed to promoting the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by our members.
01 November 2020
The UK wide lockdown in the first half of 2020 has resulted in a significant change for the warehouse industry. With the high street effectively closed many consumers moved towards buying online. Statistics show that sales in ecommerce grew significantly with online sales in April up by more than 50% compared to last year.
As the growth in ecommerce continues this has seen a significant demand for new and additional warehousing, SEMA explains how to properly maintain your storage racking and keep it in good working order.
26 May 2020
A racking installation is a carefully designed engineering structure and ideally you want it to fulfil a number of criteria; your structure should be suitable for the intended purpose, offer longevity and give you no cause for concern. The wish list is hardly a big ask, but as a fully loaded, highly stressed piece of engineering how do you make sure your racking fits the bill?
19 May 2020
The spread of the coronavirus has led to SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, cancelling or postponing a number of their planned seminars and events. However, SEMA is committed to promoting and extending the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by its members and they have worked hard to rearrange key events this year.
31 March 2020
How do you know if your racking is safe? Looking from the warehouse floor it’s easy to assume that everything is in good working order but ask our team of SEMA Approved Racking Inspectors and they will easily tell you a different story.
A good system is normally associated with installations that have well manufactured products which are properly designed, correctly installed, regularly inspected and maintained in good condition. But in SEMA’s experience good installations do NOT come by chance which is why SEMA is actively working to improve the professionalism of storage equipment installation companies through the SAIC group initiative.
19 December 2019
Technical excellence has been the very essence of SEMA’s mission since its inception in 1968. The very structure of the association’s DNA is technically inter-linked and so the conformity of each group and every member to a set of measurable standards has generated the industry safety model. Approved and adopted without compromise, through technical standardisation.
03 December 2019
SEMA, The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, is the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry. SEMA manufacturers and associations rank amongst the very best in the world and lead the industry in terms of the research, design and manufacture of storage products and systems.
05 November 2019
If you think safety is expensive, try having an accident! Throughout the year SEMA stages a series of thought leadership events for end users and other industry professionals to help them stay abreast of best practice, learn how to implement safe practice in storage and stay abreast of SEMA’s technical developments. Following on from the success of previous events, SEMA’s full-day Technical Seminar is on 3rd June 2020 at the Birmingham West Hotel, West Bromwich.
03 November 2019
This year’s SEMA Safety Conference Safety in the Storage Industry: Halloween brought together experienced industry speakers who helped to ease the nightmares of warehouse safety. At the annual event delegates also had the chance to pick the brains of industry leading companies and hear about the key issues that are going to impact the warehousing industry sector in the coming year.
23 October 2019
Speakers at The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association Annual Conference and Exhibition Storage Safety Conference on 31st October at the National Motorcycle Museum Solihull explain why attendance is a must.
08 October 2019
It's an extra spooky affair this Halloween as SEMS, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers' Association, invite you to join them at their Annual Safety Conference. If warehouse safety keeps you awake at night, SEMA's structure and support will certainly ease those nightmares! For a one-stop go-to source of best practice, join SEMA on 31st October at the National Motorcycle Museum Solihull where your key storage safety concerns will be addressed.
16 July 2019
The Storage Equipment Installation Registration Scheme (SEIRS) story is a fascinating one. It is a key initiative of SEMA in its ongoing effort to raise standards.
02 July 2019
Over the last five years, a series of new, tougher Health and Safety laws and regulations have been introduced and harsher penalties are imposed on those who flout the law. The reasoning behind the severity of the new rules is clear. Change for the better was much needed as evidenced by the HSE’s annual report of 2016/17 which states that employers lost 30.4 million working days due to occupational ill health or injury.
06 June 2019
In these day so of 'buyer beware' end users can rest assured that SEMA members are stepping up to the plate. SEMA manufacturers and associates rank among the very best in the world. They lead the industry in terms of the research and development of storage product and systems and have their own first-class manufacturing and test facilities in the UK and/or Europe.
23 May 2019
For over half a century, SEMA has evolved to become a leading influence in the development of safety storage practice, in part by linking and collaborating with other leading groups and bodies. This reach is national, pan-European and international.
Today, UK-wide, it is the “industry partner and point of reference” on storage safety for the HSE, Local Authorities, RoSPA and the CSCS together with manufacturers (at both board and technical level). Speakers from statutory authorities and other prominent groups often participate at SEMA’s external thought leadership events.
07 May 2019
Technical excellence has been the very essence of SEMA’s mission since its inception in 1968. The very structure of the association’s DNA is technically inter-linked and so the conformity of each group and every member to a set of measurable standards has generated the industry safety model.
Approved and adopted without compromise, through technical standardisation, SEMA has led on best safety practice and many of its outputs are adopted nationally, across Europe and the world over.
25 April 2019
Rack collapses are rare, but they tend to be catastrophic when they happen. SEMA Distributor Group leaders, Simon King and Jonathan Bennett presented at The Health & Safety Event on how The Storage Equipment Manufacturer’s Association’s independently audited distributor group members can help to maximise rack safety.
Some 101 out of 298 day delegates chose to attend the SEMA Distributor Group session aptly named, Cutting Corners on Rack Safety can cost £Millions.
09 April 2019
Wednesday 10th April 11:45 - 12:15
Jonathan Bennett, chair SEMA Distributor Group, and Simon King, ex-chair of SEMA Distributor Group are to speak on how cutting corners on rack safety can cost your company millions. https://registration.n200.com/survey/1fpw351zvjesc