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                        Everything about standards and obligations that affect you


                        Australian & International standards form such an important part of defining the why, how and when of managing risk.

                        Here we will delve into the world of standards with a specific focus on those that affect all things machinery and risk assessment. What’s new, what’s out and most importantly how it affects you and your machines.

                        As always, Plant Assessor customers can ask me a question regarding standards or legislative obligations anytime, simply email your question to and they will be answered in this section of the newsletter each month.


                        Here are the latest developments in Australian and International standards that may affect you:

                        Number Name



                        Earth-moving machinery, Design guide for access systems


                        11/02/1991 Withdrawn 06/06/2019
                        COMMENTS: Despite AS3868:1991 Earth-moving machinery, Access systems now being withdrawn we are still waiting for DRAS5237:2018 Earth-moving machinery, Access systems to be released as its replacement. As mentioned in previous articles this will have immediate effect on your machines. Watch this space.
                        AS4024.1100 Safety of machinery application guide
                        DRAS5327 Earth-moving machinery. Access systems
                        AS4024.1204 Safety of machinery – Electrical equipment of Machines – Part 1: General requirements
                        17/06/2019 Current – supersedes 2014 version
                        TBC Current – modified version of ISO2867:2011
                        TBC Current – revision of AS60204.1 2005 version



                        Human body measurements – Basic human body measurements for technological design

                        Current – revision of 2014 version

                        COMMENTS: DRAS4024.1204, 1701 & 1803 are no longer available on the standards website and have closed for comment. We will let you know when they are published and how, if any changes affect you and your machines.
                        DRAS4024.1803 Safety distances and safety gaps – Minimum gaps to prevent crushing of parts of the human body
                        DRAS3000.Amd1 Electrical Installations
                        TBC Current – revision of
                        2014 version
                        TBC Current – revision of 2018 version



                        Variable message signs. Fixed signs

                        Current – revision of 2009 version

                        COMMENTS: DRAS4852.1:2019 Variable message signs. Fixed signs. This draft standard is available on the Standards Australia shop for free, click here. This draft version was published on 07/06/2019. 
                        DRAS4852.2 Variable message signs. Portable signs
                        TBC Current – revision of 2009 version
                        COMMENTS: DRAS4852.2:2019 Variable message signs. Portable signs. This draft standard is available on the Standards Australia shop for free, click here. This draft version was published on 07/06/2019. Anyone is able to comment up to 09/08/2019. 
                        DRAS5242 Cranes – Test code and procedures
                        TBC Current – modified version of ISO4310:2009
                        COMMENTS: DRAS5242:2019 Cranes – Test code and Procedures is no longer available on the standards website and have closed for comment. We will let you know when they are published and how, if any changes affect you and your machines.



                        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.