10 Mar Warehouse Racking Permit – Seismic Calculations and Other Things to Think About
If you have never owned a warehouse before, or run one, then getting gear and equipment can be a hair raising experience. First, you have to figure out that what you are looking for is a pallet rack. You, probably, figured out that there is more than one type of pallet rack and you had to consider whether or not you had to use FIFO or LIFO. You also have to have your racks pass a permit process in most locations. It might come as a surprise to you when you find out. It can be a cause of concern for a lot of companies unless you get a company that understands the process and helps you through it.
“All this can be made easier by having a top-down look at your warehouse processes. All you have to do to have that done is get a warehouse CAD design layout. If you are working with a business that has experience in this then you can pick their brain for tips. They earned these tidbits from working with businesses similar to yours.”
If you are still in the early processes of getting a permit then you may be able to take a few steps back and reconsider the set up of your warehouse. It makes a lot of sense if you are running a warehouse that has to conform to FIFO standards. If you are one of those then you can get your warehouse optimized for the movement and processing of the food items in accordance with food handling laws in your location. If you are not beholden to those rules then you might want to set it up for the optimization of a process or the movement of a certain product in your business cycle. All this can be made easier by having a top-down look at your warehouse processes. All you have to do to have that done is get a warehouse CAD design layout. If you are working with a business that has experience in this then you can pick their brain for tips. They earned these tidbits from working with businesses similar to yours. You could find little problems or techniques to improve your processes that can become processes that improve profits. They could become marketing advantages. If you have the help then you might as well use it to your best advantage.
“If you are getting a new or used rack then you should be asking if they have seismic calculations and cross-checking that against your local government’s rules to make sure that they conform.”
Another question to ask is if you bought your racks new or used. There is a thing you need to be aware of in either case and that is the seismic calculations having to do with getting a warehouse racking permit as we have talked about before in this article. The truth is not all places have rules pertaining to the seismic activity in their area. However, there are enough areas where it is a factor and you are probably in one of them. The reason we mention it is because you could get your rack from someone who is not required to worry about seismic activity. Therefore, their rack lacks the calculations necessary for the permits in your location, assuming that you do need them in your location. If that is true then when an inspection happens you could find yourself in trouble. You could be told to remove your product off that rack’s shelves and you could be told to dismantle the rack. If that happens then you will have to store the rack and the product which you were relying on the rack to hold. You might have to rent another warehouse which could slow down your processes as far as shipping products because you will be grabbing it from another warehouse. A big problem if you sell on a platform like Amazon. If you have Prime orders then they need to get out the door or you will have it turned off on you. If you have your Prime orders shut off then that could have a catastrophic effect on your business if you depend on them. Long story short, if you are getting a new or used rack then you should be asking if they have seismic calculations and cross-checking that against your local government’s rules to make sure that they conform. Of course, you could get them modified to fit the requirements. However, it may be cheaper to buy a rack with them already included. Keep in mind, if the rack you are looking at does not have them then you will have to pay for the calculations and the modifications if it needs to be modified. You will still have to pay for calculations after the fact unless you have worked out a deal. All in all, you are better off asking upfront if the rack has the calculations you need upfront.
“Finally, many locations are starting to require that pallet rack users have bollards and column guards in place on their pallet racks. The rule, or coming rule depending on where you are located, is based on a recommendation from section 1.4.9 from the Rack Manufacturers Institute.”
Finally, many locations are starting to require that pallet rack users have bollards and column guards in place on their pallet racks. The rule, or coming rule depending on where you are located, is based on a recommendation from section 1.4.9 from the Rack Manufacturers Institute. It was done in case of wayward forklifts hitting your rack. They want to make sure that you and your crew are as safe as possible. It is another item you will have to be aware of now because it is here or it is coming. You might as well get ahead of the problem and make sure you are ready for it. What will it entail if it has not hit for you yet? The best thing to do is to work with a company that deals with the agencies often because they will have a better insight than anyone else does about what those coming rules will mean for you. It is your best option unless you already have a relationship with those agencies.
Looking for a reliable and experienced company to help you get through the rack permit process in your location? Let us help you get your warehouse pallet rack permit. We have experience dealing with those agencies and we know what is coming because we talk to them every day. Call us at 503-447-1284.