- There is an underlying requirement in the WHS legislation that duty holders must be conscious of the existence and further development of “industry knowledge” relating to management of safety hazards and risks. The most well-known examples of industry knowledge are Australian and International Standards; however industry knowledge can be contained in a multitude of medium, including for example industry association publications.
- This is probably the most difficult information for duty holders to keep abreast of. Examples of some highly important Australian Standards relating to plant include:
AS4024 (series) – Safety of machinery
AS 1418 (series) – Cranes, hoists and winches
AS 2550 (series) – Cranes, hoists and winches – safe use
AS 2294 (series) – Earth-moving machinery – Protective structures
AS/NZS 2153 (series) – Tractors and Agricultural Machinery
AS 1657 – Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways & ladders – design & construction
AS/NZS 1200 (series) – Pressure Equipment
Plant Assessor condenses all of the relevant requirements of standards and applies them against specific plant types in the context of a plant hazard assessment.