Your questions answered: How high can we stack empty pallets?

By Portner Press on August 8th, 2019
  1. Work Health & Safety Act
  2. Workplace health & safety regulations

What is the height restriction/distance from wall allowance for empty CHEP pallet storage stacking?

This is placed at the end of the warehouse where there is forklift traffic and minimal pedestrian traffic. We are based in South Australia.

There are no express guidelines regarding CHEP pallet storage stacking in the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) or Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA). Instead, under this legislation a duty is imposed on a PCBU that requires them to eliminate risks to health and safety, as far as is reasonably practicable.

To determine the appropriate height of CHEP pallet storage stacking and the appropriate distance from wall allowance, a risk assessment should be completed.  This risk assessment will identify the potential hazards that stem from pallet storage stacking and put measures in place to remove these risks or where not reasonably practical to remove, minimise the risks.  The risk assessment should have regard to:

  • potential hazards (such as the stack collapsing, or the stacks obstructing fire exits, etc.);
  • manuals/guidelines issued by the manufacturer;
  • any relevant Australian Standard (such as AS:4084 2012 ‘Australian Pallet Racking Standards’ (where Pallet Racking is used));
  • ensuring the required distance from fire sprinklers is maintained (as per AS:2118.1-2017 ‘Fire Sprinkler Standard’);
  • the layout and design of your warehouse; and
  • your traffic management plan.

The risk assessment must be implemented, monitored and reviewed to ensure all workers are aware of the risks and how these can be removed (or minimised).

For more information on conducting risk assessments and some template documents to assist you, please see chapter R3 Risk Assessment in the Health & Safety Handbook.

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