Which areas do Brandon Surveys cover?

We have national coverage and we will do our best to provide a competitive price for a survey or rack safety inspection anywhere in the UK.

Are Brandon Surveys fully insured?

We carry full Public Liability insurance and Professional Indemnity insurance. Details of cover are available on request.

What are Brandon Surveys payment terms?

We issue an invoice on completion of the survey or rack inspection. We do our best to provide you with a quick turnaround on our work, so we do appreciate prompt payment.

How do we get a quote for an Survey?

Email or post a location plan showing the extent of the survey along with a survey specification and we will get back to you with a fixed price quotation. Alternatively give us a call and we can discuss your requirements over the telephone.

How soon can we have the completed survey?

Depending on how big the survey is will obviously affect the turnaround time on the drawings, however we endeavour to allocate sufficient resources to complete the survey as quickly as possible no matter the specification.

How quickly can Brandon Surveys start a survey?

We always aim to commence a survey within 2 weeks of receiving formal instruction to proceed. We appreciate that some projects require urgent attention and we will work with you to meet your requirements.

Why do I need a Rack Safety Inspection?

The short answer is “health and safety”. As a responsible employer, you want to ensure that your working environment is as safe as possible.

The Health & Safety Executive recommend that annual inspections are undertaken by a “Technically competent person” on at least an annual basis.

There is also legislation to consider and by having a rack safety inspection carried out you are demonstrating compliance with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998).

Additionally, there may be commercial implications as a thorough inspection of your racking might identify specific reasons for the damage, or identify an on-going efficiency or cost issue on which we can offer advice or guidance.

  • Health and Safety
  • Compliance with the legislation, PUWER (1998)
  • Identify causes of damage to your installation
  • Reduce on-going repair and maintenance costs
  • Improve efficiency
How much does a Rack Safety Inspection cost?

The cost of rack safety inspection varies depending on the size and complexity of the installation. Typically, rack safety inspections start from £350.00 + VAT for a small installation and rise up to £900.00 + VAT for larger installations (up to 10,000 pallet locations). Sites with more than 10,000 pallet locations are typically quoted for on an individual basis.

If a three year contract is agreed, we will guarantee a discount of 10% on the initial fee for the two subsequent years.

  • Prices start from £350.00 + VAT per inspection
  • Cost depends on size and complexity of the installation
  • Discounts available for a three year inspection contract

The price agreed is the price you pay, there are no additional costs.

How do we get a quote for an Inspection?

Email or post a layout plan if possible showing the extent of the inspection along with a brief description of the racking and we will get back to you with a fixed price quotation. Alternatively give us a call and we can discuss your requirements over the telephone.

Can you inspect the racking in our chill and cold stores?

Yes we can.

The risk assessment and method statement is a little more complicated but the general inspection procedure is the same as a standard inspection.

A suitable warm room and canteen facilities are always much appreciated.

Can you inspect our automated high bay racking?

 Yes we can.

We have inspectors fully trained in working at height and certificates are available on request.

We are experienced in this type of inspection and understand the operational and safety issues associated with this type of storage installation.

We would discuss with you the access arrangements and the health and safety issues associated with this type of inspection prior to the inspection commencing.

A detailed risk assessment and method statement will be prepared in advance of the inspection and submitted to you for approval. Once these have been finalised they will be checked on the day of the inspection and any amendments made. When the clients’ representative and the inspector are satisfied with the risk assessment and method statement they will be signed and the inspection can commence.

Can you inspect our cantilever racking?

Yes we can.

We have an inspector that has undertaken the SEMA approved rack inspectors module in cantilever racking.

Can you inspect our shelving or mezzanine installations?

Shelving and mezzanine installations should be treated the same as racking installations and inspected annually. We have lots of experience in inspecting shelving installations of all types from single bays to multi-tier installations.

Can you inspect our live storage/gravity racking?

Yes we can.

We have an inspector with many years of experience with this type of storage equipment.

A basic inspection can be undertaken at ground level from the on and off load faces or a thorough inspection can be undertaken from within the installation by an inspector trained in working at height.

Why do I need a Rack Safety Training course?

One of the first questions that we will ask you when we inspect your racking is “Are you undertaking regular (weekly/monthly) planned inspections?”.

If you are, then we will ask to see your last inspection so that we can offer advice and feedback to make your internal inspections as effective as possible.

If you are not, then we will recommend that you commence them as soon as possible. At this point you may ask yourself if you have the personnel available to undertake these inspections and whether or not they have sufficient training to undertake these inspections effectively.

What does the training course consist of?

The course is in two parts, the first is classroom based and the second involves a practical inspection in your storage facility.

Course contents:

  • Legal responsibilities – Health and safety guidelines and regulations
  • Types of inspection – Reporting damage, site inspections and annual inspections
  • Assessing damage – Racking components, classifying damage, acting on damage
  • Inspecting damage – Health and safety, load notices, pallets and looking for damage
  • Classifications of damage – Red risk, amber risk and green damage
  • Examples of damage – Classroom based damage assessments
  • Practical session – Focussing on teaching delegates how to inspect for damage
  • Discussion session – Overview of practical inspection
  • Responsibilities – Warehouse staff, supervisors, technically competent inspectors
  • Written Exam – A short assessment to confirm understanding of the basic elements of Rack Safety Inspection
How much does the course cost?

The standard course is £800 + VAT. This is a flat rate fee regardless of the number of delegates (up to a maximum of 8) and covers our preparatory work, travel, accommodation, presentation of the course and provision of training materials. We are also available to answer follow up questions by email or telephone after the course.

We also offer a refresher course to those who have already attended a Brandon Surveys standard course for £650 + VAT. Recapping the content in the standard course and updating delegates with the latest guidance and regulations. We will also review current in-house inspections and give advice where necessary.

For those looking for an externally accredited course, we offer our premium ROSPA approved course for £999 + VAT.

Where is the course held?

We come to you! We strongly believe that (as well as saving you travelling expenses) the course is best delivered on site. This way we can train your staff in your installation and point out issues specific to your site. This does mean that we will need access to a room to hold the course, and at least some part of your storage facility for the practical session.

How many delegates can attend each course?

Smaller numbers are generally better. Typically we request no more than 8 delegates per course but this is also dependent on the facilities that you have available. If you have requirements for larger numbers then please contact us to discuss and we will provide you with a suitable solution.

How long is the course?

The course typically lasts for about 6 hours including the practical session but can vary depending on the number of delegates, the length of the practical session and the number of issues to be addressed in the discussion session.

The start time is flexible as are the times and duration of breaks so that we can fit in with any shift patterns.

Is there an examination?

There is a short assessment at the end of the course to confirm the understanding of the basic elements of Rack Safety Inspection. We issue a certificate of completion, valid for 3 years.

Everyone attending one of our courses will not only be competent to inspect racking to the required standard but they will have the personal confidence to undertake inspections, report damage and take the necessary actions.

Will my staff be able to carry out our annual “technical competent person” inspection?

No. Whilst your trained staff will be able to undertake regular planned inspections, we would still recommend an independent annual inspection as this will ensure full compliance with current health and safety guidelines and legislation.

When can I book a course?

Now! Feel free to send us an email or give us a call with more details.

We will usually require two weeks notice but we can often respond quicker if required.

How quickly can Brandon Surveys start an Inspection?

We always aim to commence an inspection within 2 weeks of receiving a formal instruction to proceed. We appreciate that some projects require urgent attention and we will work with you to meet your requirements.

How soon can we have the completed inspection?

That depends on how big the inspection is, however we endeavour to allocate sufficient resources to complete the inspection report as quickly as possible no matter the specification.