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).
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.
27 September 2016
For the second consecutive year, both Storax and Troax have carried off the “Oscars” at the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) Supplier of the Year awards 2016. Storax retained the premier accolade, with Troax chosen as runner up.
08 September 2016
In 2017, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, or SEMA, enters its 50th year. This feature looks at its role today, its groups and how they interrelate to lead the UK storage industry towards a competitive, zero accident place to work.
01 September 2016
As the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association continues to lead on safety in the storage industry.
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.
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.”
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.
17 May 2016
Alan Worrell of SEMA’s Technical Committee offers guidance on Load Notices displayed on storage systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.