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

                       

                        3 min read

                        Why conduct a pre start with Pre Start Plus?

                        man doing a pre start inspection on a machine

                        Without a doubt one of the most common questions we are asked at Plant Assessor is –  “why do we need to …..” 

                        One of the most common “why” questions is undoubtedly, why do we need to complete daily pre start inspections? The answer is a combination of information from many sources. It can even depend on the type of machine we are talking about. 

                        Let’s start with the broadest obligation and work our way down to a more specific obligation. 

                        The WHS Regulations place a positive obligation on businesses to provide plant that is safe for use in the workplace. These obligations are placed on all persons involved with the item of plant along the way to the piece of plant ending up in a workplace. This includes designers, manufacturers, suppliers and finally the person in control of the plant at the workplace. The WHS Regulations have the following clauses:

                         
                         

                        Part 3.1 Managing risks to health and safety

                        Clause 32 Application of Part 3.1

                        This part applies to a person conducting a business or undertaking who has a duty under this Regulation to manage risks to health and safety.

                        Clause 33 Specific requirements must be complied with

                        Any specific requirements under this Regulation for the management of risk must be complied with when implementing the requirements of this part.

                        Examples.

                        (1) A requirement not to exceed an exposure standard.

                        (2) A duty to implement a specific control measure.

                        (3) A duty to assess risk.

                        Clause 203 Management of risks to health and safety

                        A person with management or control of plant at a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with plant, in accordance with Part 3.1.

                        Clause 213 Maintenance and inspection of plant 

                        (1) The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure that the maintenance, inspection and, if necessary, testing of the plant is carried out by a competent person. 

                        (2) The maintenance, inspection and testing must be carried out:

                        (a) in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, if any, or

                        (b) if there are no manufacturer’s recommendations, in accordance with the recommendations of a competent person, or

                        (c) in relation to inspection, if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with paragraph (a) or (b), annually.

                         

                        These clauses place a positive obligation on a person in control of plant at a workplace to assess and manage risk. The risk assessment process is quite straightforward. 

                        (1) Identify hazards

                        (2) Assess the risk

                        (3) Control the risk

                        (4) Monitor the risk controls

                         

                        The simplest method to ensure Step 4 is achieved is to conduct pre start inspections using a tool that both the risk controls that have been put in place monitors and whilst also managing risk.

                        Additionally each state has a code of practice for managing the risks associated with plant in the workplace. Each of these codes includes explanation of the requirements of clause 213 and the need to inspect plant to ensure that specific control measures are in place. 

                        There are more specific requirements detailed in Australian Standards. For example, AS 2550.1-2011  Cranes, hoists and winches – Safe use – General requirements, has the following requirements:

                         

                        7.3.1 General

                        Inspections shall be carried out at sufficient frequency to ensure the crane is kept in a safe and satisfactory condition. Inspections shall be carried out in conformance with this Standard, the appropriate part of AS 2550 and instructions written in accordance with this Standard. All such work shall be noted in the records. Inspection shall be as follows:

                        (a) Pre-operational inspection.

                        (b) Routine inspection.

                        (c) Periodic third-party inspections.

                        (d) Major inspection.

                        I hope this helps explain not only the need to conduct pre start inspections but also the requirement to ensure that risk is being assessed during the inspection. 

                        Pre start inspections using Plant Assessor or Pre Start Plus meet the outlined obligations above where no other system does. Not only are the checklists specific to the machine type, but each question is fully risk rated by professional plant risk assessors. This means that at the completion of the inspection the operator will know if the machine is safe for use immediately. Keep in mind when choosing your pre start software that most are simple, generic pre start checklists just like the old books that many are used to. Pre Start Plus however is specific to your machines, excluding anything you don't need.

                         

                        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.