Friday, January 1, 2016

Are There OSHA Requirements to Secure Pallet Racks?

Last month I asked readers for ideas we could discuss on the blog. And I was very pleased with the response. One follower submitted this commonly-asked question to be discussed:

QUESTION:  Where do I find the requirement to anchor pallet racking?

ANSWER:  You will not find that requirement specifically stated in the federal OSHA standards. About the closest thing you could cite from the OSHA regulations would be Subpart N – Material Handling and Storage, paragraph 1910.176(b) – which states that “materials shall not create a hazard”.  But that would be a stretch at best. 

There is, however, an appropriate reference document that could be (and often is) used by OSHA in conjunction with paragraph (5)(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970 (also known as the General Duty Clause) to cite employers for pallet racks and other types of industrial steel shelving (like pipe racks, bin storage racks, and parts shelves) that are not adequately secured from falling over. And that document is . . .

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