Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD July-Aug 2017 Contents DIGITAL SYSTEMS - BETTER SAFETY STANDARDS
ack safety inspections are typically
conducted using a paper-based checklist
system, which is labour-intensive as
well as inefficient. Inspection software assists
companies to transfer these checklist into
a more reliable, accessible digital format,
meaning inspectors can continue their routine
inspections but don’t have to worry about paper
collected data being damaged or misinterpreted,
or spending time on data entry, a common trend
when using paper based systems.
Assuring employees’ and warehouse
operators’ safety at work should be priority,
however, often little is done by management
to pursue and continually better a company's
safety standards after an initial racking system
has been implemented. Companies that do not
update their safety inspection methods often fail
to acknowledge and adapt to modern practices
and materials, and can seriously jeopardise
safety standards held within the organisation.
Professional warehouses require
professional digital systems
To ensure safety levels are meet, it is
recommended that regular audits for pallet
racking systems / installations should be
conducted at least once every 12 months as a
minimum, in accordance with AS 4084-2012
(Ref. AS 4084-2012, Section 8.1 General, and
For racking systems that are used more
frequently it is recommended that inspections
are conducted more frequently, simply as
there is more chance of damage to occur, i.e .
a forklift may have damaged the infrastructure
without notice, or racks may not be being
loaded correctly. Consider your employees and
warehouse operators – by enforcing professional
safety standards, you’re enforcing a culture a
safety and high standards within your company.
A procedure guide to conduct
To assist your business in creating thorough
safety reports, we suggest a guideline that your
business can implement in its operations when
considering digital safety systems:
1. Consult with software suppliers to ensure
correct operation of inspection software.
2. Consult with software suppliers to upload
physical paper-based checklists and pre-
input correct triggers and corrective actions.
3. Note that working load limits for rack
systems are being abided.
4. Check that the racking installation has
not been altered since the previous
inspection / installation. A copy of the load
application and configuration drawings
shall be retained for this purpose, (these
documents can be loaded into the
5. Frequently inspect any possible damage due
to impact on the racking installation.
6. Inspect the out-of-plumb of the racking and
7. Inspect for any dislocation and deformation
of sections and connections for uprights
8. Inspect connectors for deformation or signs
of cracking at the welds.
9. Act on any corrective action.
10.Distribute report to appropriate parties.
These procedures can be automated by
a digital checklist, with the inspectors only
reporting defects and non-conformances. When
the safety level is not met, a pre-determined
response is triggered automatically, i.e . contact
details etc. This not only saves time and data
collection accuracy, but it also reassures all
stakeholders know the correct action to take.
This digital inspection can be exported into a
PDF/Excel to either be printed out or emailed to
the relevant stakeholders.
Long-term digital strategy
The benefits of digital inspection systems are
numerous, with a log of detailed data that
demonstrates a company’s ongoing efforts to
enforce safety standards. Inspectors can now
review trends and forecast future areas and
scenarios towards which companies may need
to direct additional attention. Ultimately, the
risks of failure to meet AS4084-2012 can be as
inconsequential as inventory loss/damage and
business shutdowns or as major as injury and
potential company litigation.
It only takes a simple mistake to result
in devastating consequences and it’s up to
the organisation to pre-empt these scenarios
Choose software experts
Choosing the correct software supplier is
critical for the best-performing digital safety
system. When choosing a digital inspection
software supplier, it’s important to consider
the company's history, how long they have
been around, and if this knowledge can be
transferred and benefited onto your company.
Data specialists can often advise companies on
recommendations and best practices for your
business when creating your checklists.
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DIGITAL SAFETY FOR
MHD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS — JULY / AUGUST 2017
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