The first step to establishing a systematic, pro-active approach to managing health and safety in the workplace is a comprehensive risk assessment.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act (and Regulations) 2011, plant is defined to cover items including:
- Pressure equipment
- Powered mobile plant amusement structures
- Explosive-powered tools
- Temporary access equipment
Means of transportation, such as ships, boats, aircraft, road and rail vehicles, as well as manual-powered hand-held plants, are not covered by the regulations.
Are you accountable?
Depending on where you are based, the new regulations contain broadened definitions of persons with health and safety duties, along with an increased requirement for duty holders to consult with others.
PCBUs are required to eliminate risks so far as is “reasonably practicable.” When assessing whether or not sufficient effort was made to eliminate risk, the act takes into consideration not only to what you know, but what you should know about risks and hazards in the workplace.
Thorough, objective risk assessment on your own work environment can be difficult. Potential risks and hazards can be overlooked by non-professional assessors.
Benefits of assessment
There are many reasons as to why businesses should undertake thorough plant risk assessment:
- Reduced likelihood of workplace incidents and injuries
- Reduced chance of prosecution – Strategic Safety and Training carries out assessments according to the new legislation, which ensures that advice is relevant to your current obligations
- Can implement more robust and efficient business processes
- Better safety profile improves attractiveness to investors and potential partners and customers
- Ensures machines are up-to-date with the latest legislative/regulatory requirements
- Helps provide information for use in training and assessing competency of employees in safe operation of machinery
- Protects employees – accidents can have many knock-on effects, for example reducing workforce morale
- Learn about industry best practice from an industry expert
- It is the best way to get updated and a thorough understanding of the latest regulations and your compliance requirements
Broad industry experience
SS&T has worked with clients across a diverse range of industries, including:
- Food and beverage
- Meat production and processing
- Waste management
- Air transport
This diverse experience means that we understand the hazards associated with a wide range of equipment, can think laterally and know how to provide practical guidance on how to meet regulatory requirements.