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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:29 PM


This issue at hand wasn't a problem for me till the company that I work for decided to build a new warehouse, so the following question might be a silly one.

The "inspection line" or perimeter in the warehous must be 18 in or 45 cm minimum (and materials must be stored at least 18 in or 45 cm away from walls and ceilings)? The AIB Standard said so.

Do you know any other standards?
I need maximum 30 cm :)



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 05:33 PM

Hi Andreea, 18 inches rings a bell, but I'm not referencing any particular standard. Maintaining a gap is important for inspection, cleaning and access to any pest control baits. On that basis 18 inches seems reasonable, although I doubt an auditor would get their tape measure out if a narrower, but well maintained gap was evident.

Can anyone reference measurements or the actual clauses/wording relating to these requirements from the various FSMS standards.


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Posted 30 December 2011 - 08:11 PM

AIB Consolidated Standards
Critical Requirements Raw materials are stored at least 18 in or 45 cm away from
walls and ceilings. Adequate space is maintained between rows of stored raw
materials to allow cleaning and inspection. Procedures are
followed to guarantee the proper cleaning, inspection and
monitoring for pest activity in storage areas, where an 18 in
or 45 cm inspection perimeter cannot be provided.

Minor Requirements If an 18 in or 45 cm clearance from walls is impossible due
to aisle widths and forklift turning space, a rack system
can be installed against the wall. In this case, a bottom rail
is installed 18 in or 45 cm off the foor so that no pallets are
stored on the foor.


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 08:45 PM

That is very useful information as I am having the same problem. Before I can enforce a change like this, I need to see it in writing somewhere so I have a foundation for the SOP and training.  I love that it is spelled out so completely in AIB, but is there an equivalent to it in the SQF Code?


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 11:48 PM

Dear suzie,


Unfortunately there was probably no AIB forum around when this thread was started. So this thread remains floating in limboland. :smile:


I suspect AIB made it up based on a few, equally random, data floating around on the net. :smile:


@ Respondents - To avoid repetitions, SQF related answers,  please add to Suzie's parallel, SQF,  thread  here




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Posted 25 January 2023 - 06:10 PM

Hi Everyone,

I do not see this outlined in the BRCGS warehouse manual issue 4, does anyone know where this would fall under? I see it in issue 8 under 4.15.1.

I would like reference something for operations.


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