Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Plant and equipment safety

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Plant and equipment refers to a wide range machinery, installations, equipment and tools which need to be fit for purpose, maintained, inspected and used in accordance with safe systems of work.

These procedures provide the minimum requirements for all plant and equipment activities undertaken by employees and contractors, and shall be followed by managers, staff, visitors, students and contractors of the University.

Legal requirements

The University shall comply with all requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (amended March 1999), the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, Part 4 – Division 3 (amended December 1999), relevant Australian Standards, codes of practice and guidance notes, and all relevant laws pertinent to plant, which include:

  • identification, risk assessment and control of hazardous plant
  • provision of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • induction and training
  • standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • emergency procedures
  • signage
  • reporting incidents and injuries and record keeping (for example, registers).