Pallet Racking Safety Inspections & Audits

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Do you have bent beams, damaged frames, safe working load signage, missing beam safety locks or pedestrian safety barriers?

ABSOE can provide you with a Safety Audit to make sure that your pallet racking is secure and complies with the latest Australian Standards.

Pallet Racking usually sits in a busy and potentially hazardous environment. You have many safety responsibilities under the new Australian Standards. Regular scheduled inspections are required to make sure your pallet racking is safe and conforms to the new Australian Standard and local OH & S requirements.

All of our safety inspections comply with Australian Standard AS4084-2012.

For more information or to make an enquiry please contact our Pallet Racking department.

  • 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
  • Inspection Report
  • Recommendations and/or advice about correction/repair of any damage present which may be deemed as non-compliance with AS 4084

Q: What is the Australian Standard for steel storage racking?

A: The current Australian Standard apllicable to steel storage racking is AS4084-2012:Steel Storage Racking

Q: What does the Australian Standard cover?

A: 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

Q: Why is there an Australian Standard?

A: 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.

Q: Does my pallet racking meet the Australian Standard?

A: 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.

Q: Is there a requirement by law to follow the Standard?

A: 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.