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Safe work australia members meeting 6 30 september

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SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 8 OF 52
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Where it is reasonably practicable to do so, the duty holders involved must consult each other on the risks associated with the plant and work together in a cooperative and coordinated way to control the risks. Further guidance on consultation is available in the Code of Practice: Work Health and Safety Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination. SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 PAGE 9 OF 52
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2 HOW TO MANAGE PLANT RISKS 2.1 Identifying hazards Identifying hazards involves finding all of the things and situations that could potentially cause harm to people. Hazards associated with plant generally arise from: The plant itself : For example, hazards associated with a forklift would include hazards relating to its mobility, it’s electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power sources, its moving parts, its load-carrying capacity and operator protection. How and where the plant is used : The forklift, for example, may have hazards arising from the kind of loads it is used to lift, the size of the area in which it is used and the slope or evenness of the ground. Things to consider when looking for hazards Possible kinds of hazard Could the plant cause injury due entanglement, crushing, trapping, cutting, stabbing, puncturing, shearing, abrasion, tearing or stretching? Could the plant create hazardous conditions due to pressurised content, electricity, noise, radiation, friction, vibration, fire, explosion, temperature, moisture, vapour, gases, dust, ice, hot or cold parts? Could the plant cause injury or ill health due to poor ergonomic design? Suitability How suitable would the plant be for its intended purpose? What could happen if it was used for a purpose other than the intended purpose? How suitable are the materials used to make the plant? How suitable are any accessories to the plant? In what condition are they? How stable is the plant? Might it roll over? If the plant is intended to lift and move people, equipment or materials, how capable is it of doing this? Will there be an effective back-up system to support the load? Access What sort of access will be required during installation, operation, maintenance and in an emergency? Will workers be able to have safe access without injury from the plant itself or the risk of slips, trips and falls (walkway, gantry, elevated work platform, fixed ladders)? Location How would the plant affect the safety of the area where it will be located (e.g. its impact on design and layout of the workplace)? How would the location affect the safety of the plant (e.g. environmental conditions, terrain and work area)? Are there likely to be other people or other plant in the vicinity? What effect would this have?
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