AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Work Health & Safety) are designed to protect people at work against the risks to health and safety and have specific sections dealing with injury arising from plant and systems of work associated with plant. A machinery guarding audit meets the Regulations’ expectations.

The Regulations apply not only to employers who use plant but also to designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant. The Regulations require that machinery guarding is fitted, as a measure to control risk, to any machinery, equipment, appliance, implement or tool to prevent access to the danger point or area of the plant.

Poor machinery guarding practices are one of the greatest contributors to workplace injuries in Australia. Inadequate machinery guarding can result in tragic consequences – loss of fingers, hands or worse. Machinery guarding is vital to every workplace that uses machinery and it need not be complicated nor interfere with productivity. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations stipulate that if machinery guarding is to be used to control health and safety risks associated with machines, the machinery guarding must meet the Australian standards.

A Work Place Safety Assessors independent risk assessment and report will help identify any non conformance with the current OHS&W Regulations, Codes of Practice and the Australian Standards relative to machinery guarding.