Plant is any machinery, equipment, appliance, container, implement and tool, and includes any component or anything fitted or connected to any of those things. Plant includes lifts, cranes, computers, machinery, conveyors, forklifts, vehicles, power tools, welding equipment and amusement devices.
The University has a primary duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that plant is without risk to the health and safety of any person.
Note: Plant that relies exclusively on manual power for its operation and which is designed to be supported primarily by hand (eg a screw driver) is not covered by WHS/OHS Regulations. However the general duty of care under WHS/OHS legislation applies to this type of plant.
The Code of Practice Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace is a practical guide for achieving the standards of health and safety required under WHS legislation. In most cases, following the Code of Practice will achieve compliance with the health and safety duties of WHS legislation. However compliance may also be achieved by following other methods, such as technical or industry standards, provided these provide an equivalent or higher standard of work health and safety than the Code.
Licences and Registration
Certain kinds of plant, such as forklifts and cranes, require a licence from the WHS regulator (SafeWorkSA, NT WorkSafe or Victorian WorkCover Authority, as relevant) to operate.
Some high risk plant must also be registered with the WHS Regulator. Refer to Appendix A of the Code of Practice Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace for a list of the plant that must be registered. Applications for registration must be submitted to the WHS Unit in the first instance.
University policies and procedures
- Conditions of Acceptance of Plant (DOCX 55KB)
- Disposal of Plant - WHS Checklist (DOCX 60KB)
- Plant Equipment Pre-Purchase WHS Checklist (DOCX 269KB)
- Plant Hazard Checklist (DOCX 293KB)
- Plant Risk Assessment template - major plant and laboratories (DOCX 102KB)
- Risk Assessment template - general (PDF 1MB)
- Safe Work Procedure (DOCX 627KB)