Warehouse racking is a central component of many warehouse storage systems, this constant use can result in damage and general wear and tear. This is why racking safety audits should be completed every twelve months – regular audits will ensure the safety of employees, equipment, and products. Beyond the moral obligation to ensure a safe working environment, safety audits should also be done to ensure your warehouse storage system complies with Australian Standards AS/NZS 4084:2012. The highly experienced team at All Storage Systems are experts in racking so we can carry out these audits, ensuring your workplace is safe and your storage system is up to code.
1. How Safety Audits Work
Safety audits are essentially a check that your warehouse storage systems are safe. To ensure compliance with Australian regulations, these checks should be done at least every 12 months, but it’s wise to audit the safety of your warehouse on an even more frequent basis: at least once every few months. The types of racking requiring these checks are:
When auditing the safety of your racking, you need to look at each part of the racking and ask yourself the following questions:
- General: Are the racks level? Can you see signs of erosion or rust? Is there scraped paint?
- Uprights: Are the floor fixings secure? Are there any signs of damage? Are the column protectors placed correctly?
- Beams: Is there overloading? Is there any warping or deflecting? Are there signs of other damage?
- Connections: Are there any missing connections? Are any of the connections broken?
If you find anything concerning or are unsure if everything is in working order, you should organize an audit from a racking specialist, even if your last audit was less than 12 months ago. Auditors will be able to identify any signs of damage, point out potential hazards, and guide you on how to correct everything.
2. A Safety Audit by All Storage Systems
As the warehouse storage solution experts, we are qualified in both fitting you out with a new storage system and ensuring your current system meets required safety standards. When you contact us for a safety audit, you will receive:
- A visual site examination and assessment by qualified personnel
- A compliance report that details risks and recommendations
- A color-coded report showing the level of action required
The levels of action mentioned in the last point are in relation to the steps that need to be taken in order to correct any safety issues, from minor damage that should be watched but doesn’t warrant immediate replacement to very serious damage that requires immediate unloading and correction.
We want to ensure this process is as straightforward as possible and that, if any changes are required on your end, you are able to easily understand the steps that must be taken to ensure your racking meets all safety guidelines. Contact us to organise this year’s safety audit.
3. An Opportunity for Change
Audits are an excellent opportunity to evaluate more than just how safe your racking system is, you can also evaluate its efficiency. A lot can change over the course of a year, so while you are doing your safety checks you should also be considering whether your current system is still optimal for your business. As All Storage are the experts in storage design, we can help you identify new and improved ways to use the space in your warehouse more effectively. Much like how regular safety audits will save you money in the long run by helping you avoid costly accidents, fixing the inefficiencies in your storage space will earn you money over time as it will allow you to run your business more smoothly. So, if you want to improve your warehouse storage system, consider contacting All Storage for a custom warehouse fitout.
Needing to book your annual racking safety audit? Consult an expert at All Storage Systems.
At All Storage Systems, we are qualified to conduct racking safety audits, ensuring you comply with Australian laws regarding workplace safety. Our team of specialists can check all the steel shelving in your storage space, helping you maintain a safe working environment. Contact our sales team on 1800 772 726 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a FREE Fitout consultation.