How to ace the machinery and equipment requirements of a FSC audit
Winning construction projects that are funded by the Australian government requires you to be accredited under the Australian Government Building and Construction Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme. We’ll just call it ‘The Scheme’ from now on.
But what does that involve? And how can you ace the audit when The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) reviews your machinery safety systems?
What is the OFSC?
Set up in 2005, the OFSC exists to ‘improve workplace health and safety (WHS) practices on building and construction sites across Australia’. In a nutshell, the OFSC ensures that any contractor working on a project that’s funded, directly or indirectly by the Australian Government, is meeting certain safety standards. The accreditation scheme it has implemented aims to improve safety practices across the industry, by ensuring building and construction companies adhere to a range of operating and reporting practices, all designed around site safety.
To get accredited, there’s a two stage process. The first is an application, in which you will detail your company’s WHS performance, any gaps in your systems, and general information about your company operations and projects. It’s the second stage that earns you the accreditation; an on-site audit that evaluates your safety management systems, stress-tests your processes and evaluates your reporting. Anyone who has been through an FSC audit will attest to the fact that they are rigorous, and that it’s difficult to satisfy the audit criteria. To find out more about FSC audits, check out our article What is an FSC audit?
The criteria for the FSC audit includes:
WH3 Legal Requirement: Ensure all WHS legislation, COPs and Australian Standards are identified, and changes are monitored.
WH12 Hazard Identification Risk Assessment Control (HIRAC): Ensure control measures are established using the hierarchy of controls and in accordance with WHS legislation, COPs and Australian Standards.
FP4 Management of Subcontractor WHS: Ensure subbies are provided with information from WHS plan relevant to the work they are undertaking, and that site induction, SWMS and WHS inspections are undertaken.
H16 Mobile Plant: Ensure risks of mobile plant are identified, assessed and controlled in accordance with hierarchy of controls. Ensure plant risk assessment is carried out on all items of plant, considering all aspects of the plant lifecycle on a project.
Safe systems of work taking into account OEM manuals, risk assessment, site specific requirements and operator protective guards.
Ensure all workers operating plant are licensed, trained or competent. Ensure there is an inspection regime, specific to the needs of the type of mobile plant, including regulatory inspections, OEM inspection and service requirements, pre-start inspections and commissioning prior to use on site.
The solution to acing the audit? Use Plant Assessor!
Our specialist team continually reviews the latest legislation for machines, and updates our database with the latest information. With over 120,000 pieces of equipment, the Plant Assessor database represents the largest of its type in the world. We know it, so you don’t have to, and can rest assured the machinery risk assessments, and associated risk management plans help you meet your compliance obligations.
By using Plant Assessor’s document library and sharing functionality, site owners can share all relevant documents, compliance requirements, and site specifications in advance. Subcontractors can supply machines to a site’s pre-qualification process, along with relevant documents, to ensure standards are met, as well as easily log and share daily pre start checks and their results using Pre Start Plus.
Plant Assessor is used by many accredited companies to ace the plant related requirements of an OFSC audit. We’re on hand to reduce the stress of managing plant compliance. So whether you are going through an OFSC audit, or just want to go digital and save time and money, get in touch to see how we can help.
Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide general information on the subject matter. This is not intended as legal or expert advice for your specific situation. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on the content of this information.