What Are The Australian Standards For Pallet Racking?
Macrack Australia manufactures pallet racking systems that are fully compliant with the Australian Standards for Steel Storage Racking AS4084:2012. This standard outlines the minimum requirements for:
- Erection Tolerances
- Test Methods
Australian Standards For Steel Storage Racking
‘Racking should be set up, operated and maintained according to the instructions of the racking manufacturer and be in accordance with AS 4084:2012 – Steel storage racking. It should be designed specifically for the size, shape and weight of the products being stored. Racking should also be compatible with the pallets and the material handling equipment used in the workplace. For example, aisle width should be matched to the turning circle of the forklift used for picking and replenishment.’
‘Any modifications should be checked by the original supplier/manufacturer/designer. If in doubt, seek advice from the racking manufacturer or installer, or a competent person with experience in racking design and construction’ – Work Safe Vic.
Racking Inspections & Audits
What Is A Pallet Racking Inspection?
Another factor to consider to ensure that your pallet racking currently meets Australian Standards is regular pallet racking audits. A pallet racking inspection is when your pallet racking system is inspected by a competent person in order to identify any damage, hazards, and any other, as well as compliance with the Australian Standards for Steel Storage Racking.
How Often Do I Need A Pallet Racking Inspection?
Pallet racking inspections should be conducted regularly in order to prevent accidents caused by structural damage as well as to ensure that your racking system is in compliance with the standards. In fact, according to Australian Standards 4084:2012, pallet racking inspections are to be conducted every 12 months by a competent person. Regular in-house checks are also suggested as well as a good culture of reporting any damage to the racking.
Who Can Conduct A Pallet Racking Inspection?
As stated in Australian Standard 4084:2012, racking inspections are to be conducted by a ‘competent’ person. This could be your warehouse manager, your pallet racking manufacturer, or even a third party racking inspector.
Call Macrack now, we have a highly experienced team of professional auditors. The can talk you through the process or answer any questions you might have. Generally we can organise a warehouse rack audit within a couple of days.
What Does A Warehouse Racking Audit Entail?
One of our technicians will come out to your warehouse to conduct a ground level audit. Essentially, they will walk around the warehouse and identify any damage to the pallet racking or any non-compliant issues they can see.
Once they walk around the warehouse they will inform you of any critical damage that needs to be addressed so you are aware of potential issues. Then they will write a report and draw a diagram of the warehouse for your reference. This report will detail all the minor, mid and major issues with the racking system. We will also provide a quote to carry out the repairs.
How Much Does A Pallet Racking Audit Cost?
Our base fee for a small warehouse is $350+gst. Larger warehouses will need to be quoted on individually, as well as consideration for travel time may be extra.
Downloadable Overview Of Australian Standards For Steel Storage Racking
Click below for an downloadable PDF overview of Australian Standards AS4084:2012 Steel Storage Racking.
Alternatively, call 1800 048 821 to speak with one of our pallet racking specialists for personalised advice on how the Australian Standards for Steel Storage Racking applies to your warehouse.
MACRACK Pallet Racking Inspections
Our pallet racking auditors are well versed in the Australian Standard 4084:2012, and are highly experienced in identifying damage to a pallet racking system, including how hazardous it is to the structural integrity of the system. If you need a pallet racking audit call MACRACK today on 1800 048 821 and we will organise an onsite meeting for you with one of our racking auditors.