Part 4: Periodic Plant Inspection & Risk Assessment – Take the test


PART 4: Periodic Plant Inspection & Risk Assessment – Take the test

Matt Turner  |  Managing Director


This is the fourth in a series of 6 articles designed to give you the tools to self-assess your safety systems around machinery, plant & equipment.

Plant Assessor’s Plant Safety Health Check has been designed to help you to run the ruler over your machinery safety systems to see if they are up to scratch.

The Plant Safety Health Check concentrates on 6 key areas, which will be the focus of the 6 articles:

    1. Pre-Start Checks
    2. Service Scheduling & Record Keeping
    3. Information Management & Sharing
    4. Periodic Plant Inspection & Risk Assessment
    5. Contractor Management
    6. Operator Competency

Part 4 – Periodic Plant Inspection & Risk Assessment

Owners and users of plant & machinery have a positive duty to ensure the plant & machinery they use is safe and accompanied by suitable information, training and supervision.  

In addition to this, they have an obligation to follow the risk assessment process in managing risks on an ongoing basis.  For more information on legislative duties in this area, please refer to the safety legislation information on our website

Conducting risk assessments on plant & machinery is a complex area, and difficult to get consistently right. This is the fundamental reason why our Founder Paul Dean invented Plant Assessor.

The complexity here is driven by a couple of key factors:

  1. The need for detailed knowledge of the Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control process
  2. The need for detailed knowledge of the machinery & the need for thoroughness in identifying hazards present and controls required for the specific item being inspected
  3. The importance of consistency in determining the risk associated with each hazard and the priority of implementing the control

In addition to this, managing a risk assessment regime is made more difficult by the need to apply a risk-based approach (inspect higher risk machines first and more often), be planned and consistent in the inspection and corrective action rectification process.

The final component relates to the provision of safety information to relevant people and ensuring it is understandable.

Self Assessment:

The following self-assessment will allow you to determine the type and size of these gaps (if any) in your risk assessment process and system.

Guide to Interpreting Health Scores

Once you tally the questions you answered yes to in the Self Assessment above, the following information will provide guidance on the gaps in your periodic plant inspection and risk assessment process.

0 – 6: Immediate action required. Minimal processes in place 

7 – 12: Immediate action required. Some processes in place – significant fundamental gaps

13 – 18: Action required. Some processes in place, some or all require further effort

19 – 25: Good systems in place – some incremental improvements available

How did you fare?

The guidance scores above are exactly that – your circumstances and unique situation will mean that some of the questions should have greater weight than others, and some of them you may wish to exclude as you don’t see them as relevant.

Got a gap you want to close?

Plant Assessor can help get you to 100% in the area of service scheduling and record keeping quickly, cheaply and easily.

If you’d like to discuss your results with an expert, please contact us (see below) and we’ll give you a call.

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. 

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