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Where it is not possible for the manufacturer to

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Where it is not possible for the manufacturer to advise the designer of an identified hazard and associated risk in relation to the design, the manufacturer must ensure the risk is eliminated or minimised so far as is practicable. If a manufacturer or any other person modifies the design of plant without consulting the original designer, that person will have the duties of a designer. All modifications should be approved by the original designer or by a competent person, for example, substitution of metals in a manufacturing process should be approved by the original designer or a person with relevant expertise before the substitute material is incorporated. The manufacturer must ensure the plant is supplied with appropriate information on safe use. 5.2 Plant construction The manufacturer must ensure that the plant is manufactured, inspected and, if required, tested in accordance with the designer’s specifications. Connected, fabricated or machined materials are likely to be required in the construction of plant. Manufacturing processes require that design specifications are followed, for example, crane booms of a particular lifting capacity should have the particular grade of steel specified. Further the grade of steel used in the manufacture must be clearly identified in information provided with the finished product. The manufacturer may choose to consider other published technical standards for guidance on the materials used for the plant, the method of construction and testing to achieve safety of the plant. Guarding A manufacturer of plant must ensure that guarding used as a control measure is of solid construction and securely mounted so as to resist impact or shock. Guarding must be of a kind that can be removed to allow for maintenance and cleaning of the plant at any time it is not in normal operation. The manufacturer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that if the guarding were to be removed, the plant cannot be restarted until the guarding is replaced. SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 31 OF 52
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The selection of material from which guards can be constructed is determined by four main considerations, which are: strength and durability, for example use of non-metallic materials in corrosive environments effects on machine reliability, for example a solid guard may cause the machine to overheat while a mesh guard may allow dust into the working environment visibility, for example there may be operational and safety reasons for needing a clear view of the danger area the control of other hazards, for example the use of a material that will not permit the ejection of molten metal. 5.3 Testing and examination of plant S. 23: Manufacturers must carry out, or arrange the carrying out of, any calculations, analysis, testing or examination that may be necessary to ensure, so far is reasonably practicable, that the plant is manufactured to be without risks to health and safety.
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