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Have you developed a stacking and storage checklist?

by , 21 October 2013
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to appoint at least one person to ensure all stacking, storage and demarcation is carried out safely. To help the person in charge, make sure you develop a stacking and storage checklist. Here's what to include in it...

You must ensure that your stacking and storage is properly controlled so you can reduce risks.

To do this effectively, 'develop a basic checklist that must be completed daily or weekly depending on the circumstances,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

This will provide the person in charge of the store with a useful tool to remind him what to check and when.

In addition, if an incident occurs because of incorrect stacking and storage, this checklist will act as proof that you complied with the OHSA.

Here's what to include in your stacking and storage checklist

Your stacking and storage checklist:

  1. Is stacking supervised by a competent person?
  2. Is the base of the stack level and capable of sustaining weight exerted by the stack (no collapsing cartons)?
  3. Are articles in lower tiers capable of sustaining weight exerted by the stack?
  4. Are articles consistently of the same size, shape and mass?
  5. Are pallets and containers in good condition?
  6. Are support structure(s) structurally sound and can they support weight?
  7. Do they display the safe working load limit?
  8. Are articles removed only from the topmost tier or part of that tier or tiers?
  9. Is climbing on stacks completely prohibited (other than by ladder, provided stack is stable)?
  10. Do any employees responsible for stacking operations come within reach of machinery that may endanger their safety? If so, you must prevent this.
  11. Is the stability of stacks endangered by cars or other machinery or persons moving past them?
  12. Are freestanding stacks of sacks, cases, cartons or similar containers secured by laying up articles in a header and stretcher fashion?
  13. Are containers of a regular shape to ensure a stable stack?
  14. Does the total height of the stack exceed three times the smaller dimension of the underlying base of the stack? (Note: It must NOT do this.
  15. Has an inspector approved building a stack to a height and in a manner permitted by the nature of the containers being stacked – in excess of three times the smaller base dimension of the stack?
  16. Is authority approval displayed?
  17. Are stack heights displayed?
  18. Are stacks stable and do any overhang?
  19. Is the operator of stacking machinery kept safe from falling articles?
  20. Is a register kept of daily checks where 'exemption granted'?

There you have it: Having a stacking and storage checklist won't only ensure that the person you've appointed knows what to check, it'll also act as proof that you complied with the OHSA if incidents occur.

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