32 the role of designers a designer is a person

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3.2 The role of designers A designer is a person conducting a business or undertaking whose profession, trade or business involves them in: preparing sketches, plans or drawings for plant that is to be used or could reasonably be expected to be used at a workplace, including variations to a plan or changes to the plant making decisions for incorporation into a design that may affect the health or safety of persons who manufacture, use or carry out other activities in relation to the plant. Designers include design professionals such as engineers, industrial designers and designers of plant systems such as software and electrical systems. A person will also have the duties of a designer if they alter the design during manufacture, or alter existing plant, so that new measures for controlling risk are required. For example, if the maximum working radius of a mobile crane is increased by fitting a longer boom, a new load chart needs to be prepared to control the increased risk of the crane overturning. The person designing the boom extension should contact the original designer to ensure the new boom extension does not compromise the existing design criteria or safety factors. Consider the lifecycle Safe design applies to every stage in the lifecycle, from conception through to disposal. The WHS Act requires the designer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the plant is designed to be without risks to the health and safety of persons who: use the plant for a purpose for which it was designed store the plant at a workplace carry out any reasonably foreseeable activity at a workplace in relation the manufacture, assembly, use, storage, decommissioning, dismantling or disposal of the plant, or are at or in the vicinity of a workplace and are exposed to the plant or whose health and safety may be affected by an activity related to the plant. This means thinking about potential hazards and design solutions as the plant is manufactured, transported, installed, commissioned, operated, maintained, repaired, de-commissioned, dismantled and disposed of or recycled SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 14 OF 52
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Knowledge and capability In addition to core design capabilities, the following skills and knowledge should be demonstrated or acquired by a designer: knowledge of work health and safety legislation, codes of practice and other regulatory requirements understanding the intended use of the plant throughout its lifecycle knowledge of hazard identification, risk assessment and control methods knowledge of technical design standards, and the ability to source and apply relevant data on human dimensions, capacities and behaviours.
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