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It is tempting to avoid the legislated permit regulations for your pallet racking system. These are some things to think about if you create a system without having one.
Permit regulations are made to be sure that the applicable Building and Fire Codes are adhered to within the style, engineering, and installation of the system. In jurisdictions wherever a permit isn’t needed, the business owner continues to be ultimately responsible to make sure that the building and also the structures in the building meet the Alberta Building code.
Racking systems support thousands of pounds of material, and need to stand up to the forces generated while in use. Building Codes dictate how the racking
system is to be engineered, manufactured, and installed to make sure they are acceptable and safe.
Fire Codes detail the way to properly and safely store products of several classifications and additionally provide rules in order that individuals will escape in case of a fire and fire fighters will effectively access and safely manage a possible fire. The Fire Codes additionaly confirm and also determine the type and size of fire suppression equipment needed within the facility.
The quality of the components used, together with the design, engineering, and
installation of the system, is what will make sure of the general safety of the system. A defect or failure in any of those areas may end up in a rack collapse, an unmanageable fire, and inadequate emergency escape for staff and/or dangerous conditions for fire fighters. Any of those conditions will have potentially fatal results.
Section 217.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada (formerly Bill C-45) states the following:
“Everyone who undertakes, or has the authority, to direct how another person does work or performs a task is under a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to that person, or any other person, arising from that work or task.”
As an owner, employer or supervisor, you are accountable to make sure that you have a secure work environment for your employees. Failure to do so may end up in criminal charges.
During routine, inspections or within the event of an accident involving your racking system, inspectors will ask to see the engineering of the system and your permit approvals. If you don’t have them they have the right to shut down your operation until you are able to provide them.
If you’re moving, adding a location, increasing your existing operation, or purchasing an existing business then you will be required to apply for a Business Licence for that facility. An examination of your operation is an obligatory requirement for the approval require to get a business licence, and if you have an existing racking system the inspector can request to check your approved Building Permit for it.
If you do not have a permit for your racking system once the inspector asks for it, you could be fined and have your business stopped while you undergo the six steps.
During the process of getting the permit, you’ll need to address all deficiencies noted by the inspector. These are going to be considerably more expensive after the fact.
If for any reason you’re unable to get the required engineering or certifications, or if the engineering determines that the racking, the fire suppression system, or the floor slab is insuffiecient, then you may need to upgrade or replace those items.
Insurance companies won’t honor claims on operations that aren’t properly licensed or don’t meet code.