PVC Weight Load Notices
Ensure the safety and efficiency of your warehouse or storage facility with Beaverswood® PVC Weight Load Notices.
These essential signs provide crucial guidance on the maximum weight that can be safely supported by your racking structures, including shelf/pallet racking, cantilever racking, drive-thru racking, and mezzanine floors.
By clearly communicating weight limits, you significantly reduce the risk of overloading and potential accidents, safeguarding both your staff and assets.
Why Beaverswood® PVC Weight Load Notices?
- Durable Material: Crafted from high-quality PVC, these notices are built to last in tough industrial environments, ensuring that vital safety information remains visible and legible over time.
- Versatile Options: Choose from blank notices for on-site customisation, black and white printed designs tailored to your specifications, or coloured prints for enhanced visibility and differentiation.
- Custom Branding Available: Elevate your safety signage with overbranding options that include your company logo, address, and contact details, reinforcing your commitment to safety and professionalism.
- Blank Notices: Ready for next-day delivery, these signs come with blank spaces for you to add specific weight load information using a permanent marker, offering flexibility and convenience.
- Black and White Print: Opt for custom black and white printing with your specified design and weight load information, included in the price.
- Coloured Print: For added impact and clarity, choose coloured overprinting, included in the price.
- Branding: Make your weight load notices work double by adding your company branding, enhancing visibility, and reinforcing your brand identity within your facility.
Safeguard Your Operations
Don’t leave safety to chance. Beaverswood® PVC Weight Load Signs are an indispensable tool in maintaining a safe working environment, helping to prevent overloading and its associated risks.
With clear, concise information and durable construction, these signs are an investment in the well-being of your facility and everyone in it.
Are weight load notices a legal requirement in the UK?
According to SEMA:
There is no specific legislation that requires a load sign to be placed on racking. However, there is an obligation on an employer to ensure that employees have all the information that is needed to operate the racking system safely... Without the load notice you would need to find an alternative means of transmitting all the information given on the load notice to the employees.
As such, while not an explicit legal requirement, weight load notices are the easiest and most popular way for businesses to remain compliant.
What should a weight load notice look like?
While different racking systems have different load notices, they follow a similar structure. HSE refer to SEMA as an example of how weight load notices should be designed, and our weight load notices follow this example.
- Red circular signs with white backgrounds and black pictograms are used for prohibition.
- Yellow triangular signs with yellow backgrounds and black pictograms or text are used for warning.
- Green rectangular signs with white pictograms or text are used for instruction (though these are not used on load notices as they don't provide instructions).
- Blue rectangular signs with white pictograms or text are used for mandatory actions.
What does a weight load notice need to include?
Weight load notices should display the following information:
- Safe working load for each shelf/level
- Number of levels per bay
- Safe working load for the bay - this advises the safe limit for the whole system at one time and can often be less than the total of each shelf limit
- Height to first beam level - this is vital to determine the bay load as the bay load will reduce if the first beam is raised or removed
- Beam pitch thereafter - another key piece of information in bay load as the bay load will reduce if the pitch is increased
- Suppliers name, date supplied, and contact information
- Any other required safety information
Do I need a new weight load notice sign if I change the beams on my racking?
Potentially! Whenever racking is altered, the system should be inspected and the weight load notice updated if required.
What do I do if my racking system doesn't have a load notice?
To ensure compliance with Health and Safety and PUWER regulations, racking should have weight load notices installed before use.
However, if you're racking doesn't have a load notice, you should cease using the racking and contact the supplier of your racking system. They will have information on the type, strengths, and configuration of the racking, which will impact the load capacities.
Once you've calculated safe working load limits, you should organise for weight load notices to be installed on the racking before using it again.
How do I calculate the safe working load limits?
To accurately calculate safe work load limits, you'll need:
- Width of the bay
- Type of beam (open or box)
- Beam dimensions (width and depth)
- Frame dimensions (height and width)
- Vertical beam pitch (height of each beam from the floor)
- Upright duty (commonly stamped on the upright)
However, depending on the particular design of your racking, other information may be required.
As a matter of best practice, you should always refer to your racking manufacturer/supplier for details and assistance in calculating safe load limits.
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