APC and Rack Inspection requirements in Australia
In Australia, it is mandatory under AS4084-2012 for an annual rack inspection to take place by the rack provider or qualified rack inspector and this is charged at an agreed fee depending on the quantity and location. It is preferable that the manufacturer conduct the inspection as they have the intimate design IP on the application. End users can also conduct their own internal visual inspections as often as they like, and we usually provide some guidance in terms of deflection parameters and what to look for regarding racking damage and general housekeeping (bad pallets, etc).
Regarding training, APC undergoes a rigorous program in its Rack Inspection Services Procedure for its inspectors and approved contractors which are aligned with our ISO QMS. Things are very regulated here and government bodies such as Worksafe are also involved in visiting businesses. (commerce.wa.gov.au)
What is important, whether the rack structure supplied has been signed off by a qualified designer and in accordance with the requirements of the racking standard being adopted? For example, attached is part of a rack check analysis for a static rack application; this is also supported with an image of the 3-D SpaceGass.
Several South African racking companies offering quality, health, and safety services for warehouses refer to the European Standards such as EN 15512, EN 15620, EN 1562, EN 15635, and EN 15878.
What is SPACE GASS?
SPACE GASS is a multi-purpose 3D analysis and design program for structural engineers. Its extensive range of features makes it suitable for anything from beams, trusses, and frames to buildings, towers, tanks, cable structures, and bridges. For more information: https://www.spacegass.com/
Article contributed by:
Sean Prosser, APC Storage Technology Pty Ltd www.apcgroup.com.au