Support stands for vehicles

The mandatory standard prescribes the requirements for the design, construction, safety marking, and packaging requirements of vehicle support stands.

About vehicle support stands

Vehicle support stands come in fixed or adjustable heights.

The mandatory standard for support stands for vehicles applies to a vehicle support stand that is used to support the axle or chassis of a vehicle.

Hazards

Due to its weight, the task of raising and supporting a vehicle is hazardous. If a support stand fails, the vehicle can fall onto a person working underneath and cause serious injury or death.

Mandatory standard

Consumer Protection Notice No. 12 of 2008 sets out the mandatory requirements for vehicle support stands. It is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 2538:2004 Vehicle Support Stands. AS/NZS 2538:2004 is available from SAI Global.

Design and construction

Materials

Vehicle support stands must be free from blow holes, hard spots, shrinkage defects, cracks or other defects which would negatively affect the strength of the material.

Stability factor

Vehicle support stands must be geometrically designed to stand, and to resist tipping.

Finish

The surface of a vehicle support stand must be free from hazardous projections and sharp edges.

Testing

While the mandatory standard includes some features you can visually check, such as instructions for use and marking and packaging, it also specifies testing to ensure that vehicle support stands meet requirements for design, construction and performance. Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist laboratories, preferably with NATA accreditation.

Safety markings

Each vehicle support stand must be permanently and legibly marked in English with the following words, or words to the same effect:

  • name and address of the manufacturer, importer or other supplier of the vehicle stand
  • the nominated capacity stated as 'Working Load Limit ….kg'
  • the maximum working height in millimetres
  • clear and adequate operating instructions
  • the manufacturing batch identification
  • a warning notice worded exactly as follows: WARNING: USE ONLY IN PAIRS AND ON HARD LEVEL SURFACES (e.g. CONCRETE), ENSURING THE STAND IS POSITIONED UNDER A SOLID PORTION OF THE VEHICLE AND THAT THE LOCKING MECHANISM IS FULLY ENGAGED.

Packaging

Where vehicle support stands are supplied with packaging, the following information is required:

  • the 'height lowered' being the minimum height of the engagement head, in millimetres
  • the 'height raised' being the maximum height of the engagement head, in millimetres
  • the nominated capacity stated as 'Working Load Limit….kg'.

Instructions for assembly

Provide adequate instructions to enable correct assembly of the vehicle support stands.

Instructions for safe use

Each stand must be supplied with clear instructions explaining the safe use. These instructions must include the following recommendations:

  • use vehicle support stands on a hard, level surface, preferably concrete
  • use vehicle support stands in pairs
  • users must fully engage the locking mechanism
  • position a wedge (chock) behind all wheels that remain on the ground
  • do not extend the height of the stand beyond its maximum working height
  • do not adjust the height of the stands when the stands are bearing weight.

Does this apply to your business?

Under the Australian Consumer Law supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase
  • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

This ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying this product, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.