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OSHA Standards for Warehouse Racking

The standards that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) sets for facility racking are intended to foster a safe working environment. Improper racking, stacking, and shelving can be a huge liability for your company if it leads to an accident. If your facility does not comply with OSHA regulations, you may risk receiving a fine—or worse.


OHSA Requirements for Facility Pallet Storage Safety 


  • 176(a): “Where mechanical handling equipment is used, sufficient safe clearances shall be allowed for aisles, at loading docks, through doorways, and wherever turns or passage must be made. Aisles and passageways shall be kept clear and in good repair, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard. Permanent aisles and passageways shall be appropriately marked.”
  • 176(b): “Storage of material shall not create a hazard. Bags, containers, bundles, etc., stored in tiers shall be stacked, blocked, interlocked, and limited in height so that they are stable and secure against sliding or collapse.”
  • 176(c): “Storage areas shall be kept free from accumulation of materials that constitute hazards from tripping, fire, explosion, or pest harborage. Vegetation control will be exercised when necessary.”

These three standards address some of the most common concerns about pallet racking and storage, as well as the operating space that is necessary for forklifts to safely maneuver. Not following these protocols can result in injury and even death. OSHA’s regulations keep these risks at bay so that you and your employees can work in a safe environment.

At McCue, we know what it means to keep warehouses safe. With our line of crash barriersbollards, and rack end protectors and guards, we provide solutions that help you follow OSHA’s standards for distribution center racking and storage safety.



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