Safe_Design_Manufacture_Import_and_Supply_of_Plant.doc

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2.5 Information sources There are a range of sources that may assist in managing risks associated with the plant and the systems of work used in connection with the plant. SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 12 OF 52
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Researching information WHS legislation, codes of practice and technical standards covering design, manufacture, testing and use of plant Injury, faults, incident and accident reports, and plant failure data kept by manufacturers and users of the same or similar types of plant Statistics, hazard alerts or other reports from relevant statutory authorities, unions and employer associations, specialists, professional bodies representing designers, manufacturers, or engineers Information and documentation supplied by designers or manufacturers on safety and health issues, such as test reports on previous designs or similar plant Relevant reports or articles from occupational health and safety journals, technical references or data bases. Inspection and testing Inspect plant that has failed and been returned by users Develop prototypes, and inspect and test their design and manufacture Conduct ‘walk-through’ surveys of the workplace where the plant will be used before beginning the design process and while the plant is being installed or erected (the latter to look for hazards which may be introduced during installation). Consultation Where possible, talk to other designers, manufacturers, installers and users. People actually working with the same or similar plant are often well aware of what can go wrong and why, and how the work environment can change. It also enables any issues to be discussed, for example the practicality of substituting materials in the manufacturing process. SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 13 OF 52
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3 SAFE DESIGN OF PLANT 3.1 What is safe design? Safe design means the integration of control measures early in the design process to eliminate or, if this is not reasonable practicable, minimise risks to health and safety throughout the life of the plant being designed. The safe design of any type of plant will always be part of a wider set of design objectives, including practicability, aesthetics, cost and functionality. These sometimes competing objectives need to be balanced in a manner that does not compromise the health and safety of those potentially affected by the plant over its life. Safe design begins at the concept development phase when choices are made about design, materials used and methods of manufacture. Safer plant will be created when hazards and risks that could impact on downstream users over the lifecycle are eliminated or minimised during design and before manufacture. In these early phases there is greater scope to design-out hazards or incorporate risk control measures that are compatible with the original design concept and functional requirements of the product.
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