Reg 126 for Warehouse Pallet Racking Design Compliance to AS4084


Racking Standards : AS4084 Steel Storage Racking

Australian Standards AS4084:2012 Steel Storage Racking refers specifically to ‘Pallet Racking’. It excludes Drive in racking, Cantilever Racking, Mobile racking, Racking made from materials other than steel. Even though some types of racking are specifically excluded from the standard, we think it best to try and apply these rules to all forms of racking, as best practice.

The objective of the standard is to ensure any steel storage racking sold within Australia is compliant with the specifications listed. The standard applies to “adjustable, static pallet racking made of cold-formed or hot-rolled steel structural members”.

2012 Standards Vs 1993 Standards

There are a great number of differences between the two standards, most of them are highly technical and have a lot to do with the engineering calculations and test methods. However, there are some updated items that are clearly defined and easily recognisable.

  • Wrap around footplates (Instead of internal footplates).
  • Anchorage (2 dynabolts per footplate).
  • Splices (Must be above 1500mm and above 1st beam level).
  • SWL Signs (Must be attached and must state the critical information as defined in the standards).
  • Beam pins (Must be in every locking plate).
  • Damage (Limits of damage to uprights, bracing, beams).
  • Design (Complex matrix of how the racking system is designed).

Do I Have To Comply To 2012 Standards?

If you bought your racking in 2012 or after, YES.

If you bought your racking before 2012, NO provided the racking remains in its original position.

Racking can be upgraded to meet AS4084:2012 with easy little expense provided it is not pre-1993 standard.

Which part has to be designed?

Our engineering team utilises the latest structural analysis software, SPACEGASS to perform non-linear, second-order analysis on each racking system we design. We typically split them into 3 sections.

  1. Racks - that's the full racking systems, including the beams, column and bracings
  2. Base plates - calculate the bearing capacity of the base plates in supporting the column
  3. Anchors - design anchors (min 2 anchors as per AS4084) in accordance to AS5216
Reg 126 Racking Design AS4084 AS5216

Third Party Auditors Or Installers.

Under the standards, ONLY the manufacturer can give weight load information. So if someone other than the manufacturer gives you ‘safe work load’ or ‘carry capacity’ signs, it is unlikely to be accurate given the intellectual property remains the property of its manufacturer. Best thing to do is play it safe, and talk to the manufactures for an Audit, and get the ‘Safe Weight Load’ information from them as well.

Racking Audits

A ‘Rack Safety Audit’, is when one of our technicians come out to your site and inspect your racking based of 2012 or 1993 standards and highlight

They then gets complied into a detailed report, for you to look over

  • Damage
  • Hazards
  • Brands
  • Design
  • Other issues

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