Here at Safer Storage Systems, we come across many businesses that have pallets stored in out-of-date
racking. And there are likely to be many more, which is a huge safety concern throughout the industry, as
inadequate adherence to the relevant standards may create issues for your business.
While industrial shelving is built to withstand many years in a warehouse environment, it’s not always easy to determine when pallet racking has reached its use-by-date.
There are a number of factors that can indicate your steel shelving no longer complies with current Safe Work standards, such as, invalid or missing load signs, forklift damage, and racking that has been modified from original specification and Australian Safety Guidelines.
If your racking is not AS 4084-2012 compliant, you may not be able to relocate and reinstall your current
materials should you move to a new warehouse. And, any non-compliant racking that is damaged may not have usable materials available for repairs.
Additional factors can include the amount of current information available about your existing shelving. If the manufacturers warranty is no longer relevant and you aren’t able to track down load data or spare parts for your racking, there’s a good chance the shelving is no longer safe to use.
The following questions that can help you tell whether your pallet racking is out of date.
1. Is there load data available for your racking?
2. Are parts available for the racking?
3. Will the manufacturer support the product?
If you answered ‘No’ to any of the above questions, your pallet racking may not meet current Australian Safety Standards and should be replaced as soon as possible.
An experienced rack inspector will be able to help you ensure your warehouse shelving is safe and reliable.