Reasons for warehouse racking compliance
In recent years, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has become more proactive in terms of getting companies to pay attention to rack damage and putting into place a rack inspection routine.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario requires that a Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR) be performed by a professional engineer on any structure or protective element that has been installed or modified since October 7th, 2000.
CSA best practices
According to Section 8.1.6 of the Canadian Standards Association’s new user guide for steel storage, the frequency of inspections should be determined by a risk assessment done by a health and safety professional, the rack vendor, or an engineering consultant specialized in rack inspection.
If you have a rack collapse and you weren’t following the CSA’s best practices, you may find yourself in facing legal action.
In the past, municipalities did not require rack permits. But nowadays, as a source of revenue, they routinely demand permits for rack structures.
The only way to obtain a permit is to provide an engineer-stamped drawing that outlines the structure, along with proof that a certified engineer has examined the floor and rack structure and has provided a seal of approval that the structure is safe.