Our first question this month asks about Protective Mesh and the second is asking for information on Mobile Racking.

Protective Mesh

Q. We are an end user of storage racking. We are looking to have fitted protective mesh at the back of the racks to stop the items from been pushed through and falling to the floor when they are being placed and removed from the racking.

The question I have is that is there a standard of meshing and the way it is fixed to the racking that the installers of the meshing should follow? If yes how do I get a copy of such a standard?

A. Mesh or netting fitted to the back of a rack is usually referred to as “anti-collapse mesh”.

At present there is no SEMA code for this product.

Mobile Racking

Q. I require information on the checking of mobile racking to complete a risk assessment. Is there a procedure for checking mobile racking?

A. SEMA does not have specific requirements for the inspection of pallet racking on a mobile base so you should refer to the SEMA recommendations for the inspection of racking.

Documents such as the SEMA Code of Practice for the Use of static pallet racking & the SEMA Guide to the conduct of racking and shelving inspections as well as the HSE publication Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety (HSG76) are useful references

As far as the mobile base itself is concerned this is a piece of machinery and you should refer to the manufacturer/supplier recommendations with respect to inspection and maintenance.

SEMA Annual Safety Conference 2021 – a date for your diary

The 2021 SEMA Safety Conference has been scheduled for Thursday, 4 November; the venue will be the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull.

For full details and a booking form contact SEMA at

SEMA Technical Enquiries

We hope you find the above articles, and those in previous editions, interesting. If you have a query send it to us by fax or email and we will do our best to have it answered by one of our technical experts.

SEMA Rack Safety Awareness and Inspection Courses

SEMA runs a one-day safety course on Rack Safety Awareness and Inspection. These courses are aimed at end users, giving an in-depth look at the need for inspections, how to conduct an assessment and what actions to take when this is completed. These courses are normally held at the SEMA headquarters but arrangements can be made to hold them at the delegates’ premises.

SEMA Approved Rack Inspectors Qualification

This qualification is aimed at professionals who conduct rack surveys as an integral and significant part of their duties. It involves delegates in undertaking an in-depth SEMA Course, together with an examination and practical assessment. CPD will be an important part of the qualification, demonstrating to end users that SEMA Approved Inspectors maintain a high professional standard.

SEMA Publications

SEMA has 26 publications in stock – Codes of Practice, ‘Guides’ and European documents – all of which are available from our Offices. For further information on these documents contact SEMA or visit our website, and click on ‘Codes of Practice’.


SEMA runs a USERS Club designed to be of benefit to purchasers and users of storage equipment. Members receive newsletters, access to specialised events and discounted rates on publications and codes of practice. For further information contact SEMA.



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