TOP FEATURES


Machinery pre starts

 

Machinery Pre Starts
Unlimited, ready-to-go digital pre starts
with our free pre start app
Risk management and corrective actions
 
Risk Management &
Corrective Actions

Know the hazards and how to control
them with our automated risk
management reports
Document management and audit trail
 
Document Management
& Audit Trail

Leave paper-based systems behind and
manage and store crucial compliance
information digitally
Dashboards and reporting
 
Dashboards & Reporting
Get information and insights on the
compliance status across your fleet
and sites

 

     

    Machinery Risk Assessments

     

    Machinery Risk Assessments
    Industry leading and specific to your
    machines. Powered by the Machinery Compliance Engine (MCE)
    Service and maintenance management
     
    Service & Maintenance
    Management

    Keep your machines in top condition
    with a preventative maintenance
    program
    safe_operating-procedures
     
    Safe Operating Procedures
    (SOPs)

    Access easy-to-read, comprehensive
    SOPs specific to your machines
    MySite subcontractor machinery management
     
    MySite
    All the tools to manage machinery
    compliance obligations and uphold
    safety on-site
     
    View All Features 
      See how Plant Assessor can transform your business
      See Plant Assessor in action

      GET A DEMO

            Case Studies
            Hear from our clients
            Events
            Find us at industry events
            Guides
            Find industry-specific guides
            Learn
            Educational content
            News & Articles
            Industry news and events
              Safety Legislation
              We keep up with safety legislation
              so you don't have to
              Videos
              Find Demos, overviews and informative
              videos here
              Webinars
              View previous and upcoming webinars
              Promotions
              See our current promotions
               
                Is your machinery safety System up to spec?
                Complete our Machinery Safety System Health Check to receive a free personalised report on how to improve your compliance gaps.

                HEALTH CHECK

                 

                  FAQ
                  All of our frequently asked questions
                  Knowledge Base
                  How to use our software
                  View a Demo
                  Let us walk you through Plant Assessor features
                  Release Centre
                  Product updates and release information
                      We are here to help
                      Have a question about Plant Assessor platform? Speak to our friendly support team.

                      CONTACT US

                       

                        2 min read

                        How often do I need to conduct a risk assessment on machinery?

                        Man doing risk assessment on machinery

                        If the requirement to complete a machinery risk assessment is hard to get your head around, then the requirement to do it again and again on the same machine is surely even harder to comprehend.

                        To answer the question, 'how often do I need to conduct a risk assessment on machinery?' - perhaps we need to answer a couple of other questions first.

                        1. Why do I need to do a risk assessment on machinery?
                        2. Why do I need to reassess my machines after a certain time period?
                         

                        The answer to question 1 is reasonably straightforward, quite simply in Australia everyone involved in the supply and use of machines has a positive duty to identify and reduce the risk associated with machinery. This includes designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users.

                        I could bore you with every single line of law that creates the requirement to complete a machinery risk assessment but I won’t. This detail is available on our website, click here to view links and explanations of the various laws across Australia.

                        In the interest of yours and my sanity let’s agree that for each of these people or businesses that have a duty, each state of Australia has a statement in their health and safety laws along the lines of – “The person with management or control of fixtures, fittings or plant at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the fixtures, fittings and plant are without risks to the health and safety of any person”  

                        Additionally there is specific information explaining how to do this in each state. The WHS Regulations which cover most of Australia have detailed information in clauses 3435 & 36. These define the duty to identify hazards, manage risks to health and safety and the hierarchy of risk control.  

                        The answer to question 2, why do I need to reassess my machines, is in clauses 37 & 38. These define the requirement to maintain and review the control measures that are implemented as a result of the risk assessment process. Below are the important parts of each clause (click the title to see the full clauses):

                        37   Maintenance of control measures
                        A duty holder who implements a control measure to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety must ensure that the control measure is, and is maintained so that it remains, effective, including by ensuring that the control measure is and remains:

                        (a)  fit for purpose, and
                        (b)  suitable for the nature and duration of the work, and
                        (c)  installed, set up and used correctly.

                        38   Review of control measures
                        (1)  A duty holder must review and as necessary revise control measures implemented under this Regulation so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health or safety.

                        I hope this answers question 2.

                        That leaves us with the original question, how often do I need to conduct a risk assessment on machinery? The answer to this question is a little subjective as there is no definitive answer in the legislation or supporting guidance material.

                        The answer is, the frequency of reassessment needs to ensure that the duty created by the requirement that “fixtures, fittings and plant are without risks to the health and safety of any person” along with the specific requirements of clauses 37 & 38 of the WHS Regulations are met. It is subjective and depends on your appetite for risk.

                         

                        Plant Assessor does have built in recommended reassessment time frames which are based on a combination of the following factors:

                        • Manufacturer’s maximum service intervals   

                        • Previous regulator’s codes of practice

                        • The conditions & environments in which machines are used & assessed

                        • Years of industry experience & consultation with industry experts

                         

                        These inspections and time frames are as per the table below. 

                        Inspection-time-frame-table
                         

                        If you have any questions please contact us anytime by completing the form below or call us on 1300 728 852.

                         

                        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.