MAC RAK BEST PRACTICES | UPDATED OCT2019
Whenever OSHA doesn’t have a wealth of knowledge or regulations regarding a specific industrial practice (as in the case of pallet rack repair) they defer to the recognized governing body expert in a particular field. There are, however, currently three OSHA regulations which directly and indirectly relate to pallet racking, they include:
1926.250 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STORAGE:
All material stored in tiers shall be stacked, racked, blocked, interlocked or otherwise secured to prevent sliding, falling or collapse.
PARAGRAPH (5)(a)(1) OF THE OSHA ACT OF 1970 (GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE)
Requires that each employer furnishes to each of its employees a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm. This general duty provision can be used by OSHA only where there is no direct standard that applies to the particular hazard and the employer has its own employees exposed to the alleged hazard.
1917.14 MARINE TERMINAL OPERATIONS STACKING OF CARGO AND PALLETS
Cargo, pallets and other material stored in tiers shall be stacked in such a manner as to provide stability against sliding and collapse.