Machinery and equipment
You have certain legal responsibilities if you manage or operate machinery and equipment, ie plant
Every year, thousands of workers who use machinery and equipment (or plant, as it is commonly known) suffer horrific injuries in NSW workplaces.
Over the past four years there have been more than 160,000 injuries in NSW workplaces as a result of using plant incorrectly. More than 6000 workers were permanently disabled and 64 died.
There are specific laws about working with plant. Here we summarise those laws and give you some practical tips.
Some laws relate to designers of plant, some relate to manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers, while others are for owners, managers, supervisors and the like.
Watch our video safety alert for advice on working safely with moving conveyors.
For the specific laws about plant, see chapter 5 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
For information about controlling the risks from the moment you purchase to the time you dispose of plant, see the Code of practice for managing the risks of plant in the workplace.
For general information about managing risks and keeping records, see the Code of practice on how to manage work health and safety risks. It includes a sample risk register suitable for any workplace, and some interesting case studies.