AS 4084-2012 is the Australian Standard for steel racking, specifically adjustable static pallet racking. It covers the minimum requirements for hot-rolled or cold-form steel structural members, installed within a building, outside a building, as well as racking that forms part of the frame of the building.

Australian standards are among some of the strictest (and safest) in the world, and guides such as AS 4084-2012 are an invaluable tool to manage the risks in workplaces.

Is AS 4084-2012 the most recent set of regulations?

AS 4084-2012 was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia in January 2012, superseding AS 4084-1993, Steel Storage Racking. There are occasional updates to the document.

What’s the scope of AS 4084-2012?

The Standard applies to adjustable static pallet racking but does not cover drive-through and drive-in racking, mobile racking, cantilever racking or racking made of materials other than steel.

Who needs to comply with AS 4084-2012?

Any business installing steel racking in their workplace must ensure that it complies with the standards of safety and testing laid out in the AS 4084-2012. The Standards cover the requirements of design, fabrication and erection tolerances, as well as test methods, operation and maintenance of steel storage racking.

Is Global Industrial pallet racking AS 4084-2012 compliant?

Global Pallet Racking has been tested to and fully complies with latest Australian racking code AS 4084-2012.  However, inspections should be carried out at least every 12 months to ensure your steel pallet racking remains OH&S compliant.

There is also an obligation to have the racking inspected if you believe that an impact or other event has compromised the structure. Regular inspections ensure that the safe load limit is accurate, reducing the change of potential collapse or injury.

How do I get a copy of the AS 4084-2012?

You can purchase a copy of Standards Australia’s AS 4084-2012 online, in both hard copy and digital download through SAI Global. Section 8 of AS 4084-2012 covers the operation and maintenance of adjustable pallet racking as well as risk management and damage classification.

Damaged pallet racking: what should I do?

If an accident or incident has occurred which leads you to suspect that your pallet racking may be damaged, you’ll need to follow procedures as laid out in the AS 4084-2012. This may include clearing the surrounding area and unloading the rack (if safe to do so) and bringing in a qualified inspector to determine if repairs or replacement are required.