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6.1 Examination and testing of plant Importers and suppliers 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 without risks to health and safety. Alternatively, they must ensure the calculations, analysis, testing or examination has been carried out. Importers or suppliers must take all reasonable steps to obtain information from the manufacturer of the plant and pass this information on to the person to whom the plant is supplied. If this is not available, the importer or supplier must undertake the necessary testing and examination required under the WHS Act themselves. 6.2 Information about the safe use of plant Importers and suppliers must give adequate information to each person to whom they provide or supply the plant, concerning: the purpose for which the plant was designed or manufactured 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 manufactured or when carrying out any activity related to the plant. An importer or supplier must ensure that health and safety information from the designer or manufacturer is passed on when supplying the plant. See section 3.7 for the type of information that should be provided. The information may be provided in user manuals and manufacturers' instructions. The information should, wherever possible, be in plain English but it must always maintain the accuracy and quality of the technical information. 6.3 Compatibility of plant Some plant may be assembled from components from a variety of sources. The assembly of these by a manufacturer could present a risk to health and safety. A manufacturer using components from a variety of sources should provide the importer or supplier an assurance of compatibility of components and that the plant is safe and without risk to health when used properly. You should in turn pass this information on to the end user. If this information is not available then you must undertake the relevant testing to ensure that risks to health and safety are eliminated. SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA MEMBERS’ MEETING 6 PAGE 35 OF 52
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6.4 Imported plant Importers of plant must take all reasonable steps to obtain information from the manufacturer about the purpose for which the plant has been designed and any conditions necessary to ensure it is without risks to health and safety. If the health and safety information is not provided to the importer by the original designer or manufacturer, the importer assumes responsibility for supplying the information normally provided and must undertake the necessary testing to obtain the information (see Sections 3.6 and 3.7 of this Code).
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