Pallet Racking - Keeping your installation in good working condition is essential for safe operation and a long life.
Just as you would not purchase a car, and then never have it serviced, so you should organise regular inspections of your racking installation in the interests ofyour employees, your equipment and your pocket. In all sorts of ways, we can help make your workplace as safe as warehouses.
Quick Warehouse Safety Checklist
- Do you have rack protection systems installed?
- Are there wrap-around guards on all your uprights?
- Are racking structures clear of visible damage?
- Are Safe Working Load signs displayed on each rack?
- Are Racking Maintenance signs displayed on each rack?
- Have you had your equipment inspected in the last 12 months?
If you answered NO
to any of these questions, you need to contact us today.
Has your pallet racking system been audited in the last year?
Australian Standard 4084 requires safety inspections to be conducted on a regular basis and at least once every 12 months.
Failure to conduct safety inspections may result in jeopardising your Company insurances (Workers' Compensation, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability) for non-compliance with Australian Standard 4084 (1993) Steel Storage Racking.
Selective Pallet racking is by nature adjustable and able to be easily altered from its' original configuration. However, any deviation from the original design can result in damage that
- Significantly alters the original cross sectional shape of the members
- Deforms the straightness of a load bearing member
- results in misalignment of the racking
- results in weakening welded sites or distortion of bolted joints, any of which may be a safety issue significant enough to compromise your insurances.
XS Racking offers independent, cost effedtive safety audits, consisting of
- Ensuring appropriate application of equipment
- Ensuring "Safe Working Load" signs are in place and being adhered to
- Determining whether the original installation has been altered (resulting in compromising its' safety)
- Examining connectors for deformation
- Determining any damage due to impact
- Determining out of plumb racking
- Determining any dislocation or deformation of sections and connections for uprights and beams
- Provision of an Inspection Report
- Recommendations and/or advice about correction/repair of any damage present which may be deemed as non-compliance with AS 4084
If you would like to find out more about Pallet Racking Maintenance or any of our Racking Services, contact us online today for an obligation free consultation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Australian Standard for steel storage racking?
The current Australian Standard apllicable to steel storage racking is AS4084-2012:Steel Storage Racking
What does the Australian Standard cover?
This Standard sets out minimum requirements for the design, fabrication and erection tolerances, test methods, operation and maintenance.*
This Standard applies to adjustable static pallet racking made of cold-formed or hot-rolled steel structural members. It covers racking installed within a building, outside a building, and racking that forms part of the frame of the building.*
The standard does not cover drive-in and drive-through racking, cantilever racking, mobile racking or racking made of materials other than steel. (Guidance for the design of drive-in and drive-through racking is available in FEM 10.2.07, and in FEM 10.2.09 for cantilever racking) *
*The above information is quoted directly from the Council of Standards Australia Australian Standard AS 4084-2012: Steel Storage Racking - section 1.1 Scope
Why is there an Australian Standard?
The Standard was prepared by the Standards Australia Committee on Steel Storage Racking in response to several requests from the Australian racking industry, to improve uniformity of racking performance and enhance public safety.
Does my pallet racking meet the Australian Standard?
It can be difficult to determine whether or not a specific pallet racking installation meets the Australian Standard without having an inspection performed by someone with an in-depth knowledge of the Standard and product. Since the Standard was introduced in 1993, it can generally be said that most pallet racking which pre-dates the Standard does not conform to the Standard. The Standard calls for a minimum 90mm (nominal) wide upright.
Additionally, the Standard refers to the racking as an "installation". Therefore, even if the rack design conforms to the Standard, the rack as an "installation" may not. Specific factors which may affect the conformance of the racking installation may include (but are not limited to) floor fixings, damage, alignment, plumb of uprights and signage. Recently, Workplace Health and Safety inspectors have been issuing infringement notices for having a lack of load signage and this trend is likely to increase.
Is there a requirement by law to follow the Standard?
In most states of Australia, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and Acts require Plant and Equipment (which may include Steel Storage Racking) to meet the Australian Standards.