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Introduction to SEMA

What is SEMA?

The Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA) was founded in 1970 and is the officially recognised British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry. SEMA’s purpose is to establish, develop and influence regulations for manufacturers and installers of storage systems, making sure that these encourage and accomplish the safe design, installation and proper use of the storage equipment manufactured and supplied by its members and distributor companies.

SEMA's Aims:

  • Develop a complete knowledge of everything relevant to the Storage Equipment Industry
  • Advance and assist the industry by providing technical advice and communicating trade opportunities
  • Determine and publish technical standards for all types of storage equipment
  • Maintain the integrity of the Association
  • Promote collaboration between its members
  • Ensure that standards adopted by public and professional organisations are not contrary to the overall interests of the industry

Representing the Industry

SEMA represents the storage industry in meetings with the UK Government and Local Authorities, advising on health and safety as well as technical matters (many HSE produced documents refer directly to SEMA’s ‘Codes of Practice’ as a recognised authority on storage equipment).

As a member of the British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF), SEMA also influences and helps to develop regulations, standards and legislation at the European level through the Federation De La Manutention (FEM) (the European Federation of Materials Handling).

Codes of Practice

By representing the industry at these levels, SEMA has developed several ‘Codes of Practice’ to do with the manufacturing, installation and use of storage equipment and assists in the development of European Codes of Practice. These ‘Codes of Practice’ help to ensure the proper and safe use of storage equipment and are rigorously adhered to by SEMA Members and SEMA Distributor Companies (SDCs).

Below is a short introductory video to SEMA Distributors and what working with a recognised SEMA distributor company could mean for your organisation.

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