SEMA Publications

SEMA’s definitive work is formalised into a set of codes and guides that are certainly not just for technicians and engineers but are of direct relevance to all those involved with the management and safety of warehouse operations. Together with training, these publications provide a framework for the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufacturer and supplier by our members.

Codes of Practice

When planning your warehouse initially the layout of the racking is determined based on the throughput requirement of the warehouse. However, considerations must also be given to the end-user or warehouse operational “need”. Throughout the process, Codes of Practice are used to ensure that the racking can work correctly with the other equipment, will stand up when used for its intended purpose and fulfil the desired requirements.

Such technology requires high levels of quality in design, manufacture, and installation, and over the years SEMA has developed a series of relevant “Codes of Practice” and guidelines which are acknowledged as the standards of the industry.

The SEMA Codes publications have been written specifically to reflect racking systems designed and maintained in the UK market by SEMA members. All SEMA Members are required to conform with these standards.


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Since 1968 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.

The work of our Technical Committee is well renowned, providing definitive technical guidance, Codes of Practice, and other publications. Through our links to the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) and as a UK National Committee Member for FEM’s Racking and Shelving product group, SEMA has heavily influenced the development of the relevant European Standards.