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3.6 Testing and examination of plant Designers 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 designed to be without risks to health and safety. Analysis, testing or examination can be carried out when developing a prototype and during the manufacturing stage. Designers should require that consideration should be given to: simulation of the normal range of operational capabilities testing of design features incorporated to ensure ‘fail-safe’ operation measurement of imposed stresses on critical components to ensure maximum design stresses are not exceeded testing of critical safety features such as overspeed and over-pressure devices under both normal and adverse operational conditions development of overload testing procedures to ensure plant safety during foreseeable misuse conditions. Records of tests and examinations should be maintained and provided to the manufacturer of the plant. 3.7 Providing information Designers must give adequate information to each person who is provided with the design in order to give effect to it concerning: the purpose for which the plant was designed the results of any calculations, testing, analysis or examination any conditions necessary to ensure that the plant is without risks when used for a purpose for which it was designed or when carrying out any activity related to the plant. The designer must also, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide this information to any person who carries out activities in relation to the plant. SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 18 OF 52
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For example, if plant is to be located a specific distance from other plant, written instructions must be provided for the manufacturer, supplier, installer, owner and end user. If the manufacturer advises the designer that there are safety issues with the design, the designer must revise the information to take account of these concerns, or tell the manufacturer in writing the reasons why such revision is not necessary. Information provided to the manufacturer (or supplier if you are also manufacturing the plant) should include details of any risks you have not been able to eliminate. Information should be provided in a manner that can be clearly understood by persons who may use the plant and may be a combination of written text or visual information such as signs, symbols or diagrams. Where visual information is provided, it should conform to the relevant standard. Type of information to provide Under the WHS Regulations, designers must provide specific information to the manufacturer to enable the plant to be manufactured in accordance with the design specifications. If relevant, information must be provided on: the installation, commissioning, use, handling, storage, decommissioning and dismantling of the plant hazards associated with use of the plant
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