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Plant and structures

Hazard, Risk and Remedy information herein adapted from Safe Work Australia material. Definition of Plant and Structures herein may not represent a legal definition.

Plant may be machinery, equipment, a container, an implement or tool and includes anything fitted or connected to any of those things. Plant includes items as diverse as lifts, cranes, computers, machinery, conveyers, forklifts, vehicles, power tools and amusement devices.

Plant that relies exclusively on manual power for its operation and is designed to be primarily supported by hand is not covered by the Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations. The general duty of care under Section 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) applies to this type of plant.

Risk

Risks involving Plant and Structures are involved with a number of factors including

  • The plant itself and mobility, for example forklift use includes hazards relating to electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power sources, moving parts, load-carrying capacity and the mechanisms which are used to protect the operator
  • The way in which the plant is used, for example with a forklift certain hazards arise out of the type of loads it is used to lift, the size of the area it’s used in and the level of the ground

Specific risks include but aren’t limited to: amputation; crush injury; falls while accessing, operating or maintaining plant; electrical shock; burns and scalds.

Remedy

It’s important to perform a thorough hazard identification and risk assessment using a targeted process. This process needs to be considered from the moment of purchase through to disposal considering factors such as the hiring of plant, installation and commission of plant, instruction, training and supervision of duties, usage of plant in the workplace, inspecting plant, storing plant, decommissioning and dismantling of plant.

The Code of Practice on Managing the Risk of Plant in the Workplace is the ideal tool to follow in identifying hazards and assessing risks associated with plant.

Schedule 5 of the WHS Regulations list items of plant that require Design Registration or Item Registration. Comcare provide item registration and design registration for PCBU’s within the Commonwealth who have management or control of the items of plant.

Resources

Information SourceContents

Code of Practice - How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks

This code provides practical guidance for persons who have duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to manage risks to health and safety

Code of Practice - Managing the risks of plant in the workplace

Safe Work Australia - Code of Practice – Managing the risks of plant in the workplace

Risk management strategy for managing risks associated with plant in the workplace. Please note this is guidance only and not a legislative instrument.

Safe Work Australia - Safe Design of Structures Code of Practice

Risk management strategy for mitigating health and safety risks at the design or planning stage. Please note this is guidance only and not a legislative instrument.

Safe Work Australia - Draft Model Code of Practice on the safe design, manufacture, import and supply of plant (Not approved by Ministerial Council)

Draft risk management strategy regarding the design, manufacture, import and supply of plant. Please note this is guidance only and not a legislative instrument.

Safe Work Australia - Draft Model Code of Practice on managing risks of plant in rural workplaces (Not approved by Ministerial Council)

Draft risk management strategy regarding the use of plant in rural workplaces. Please note this is guidance only and not a legislative instrument.

Safe Work Australia - Draft Model Code of Practice for Cranes (Not approved by Ministerial Council)

Draft risk management strategy regarding the use of cranes. Please note this is guidance only and not a legislative instrument.

Part 1, Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 lists all items of plant requiring design registration

List of items of plant that require registration under Commonwealth legislation

Part 2, Schedule 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 lists all items of plant requiring registration

List of items of plant that require registration under Commonwealth legislation

Comcare - Application forms and guidance material for plant and plant design registrations

Information relating to the application process for registering plant and plant designs

UK Health & Safety Executive - Guide to Managing Ageing Plant.

Background information on the topic of ageing plant including a definition of ageing plant, and an analysis of accident data to show its extent and implications

Notifications

Information sourceWhat it contains

Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

The legislative requirements for incident notification to Comcare

Page last updated: 05 May 2017