Frequently, we are asked ‘does this need to be certified?’ Outlined below is a general explanation of ‘what requires certification’ or registration for Occupational Health & Safety.
Registration and design verification is the reporting of a due process to a government OH&S body (e.g. WorkSafe/WorkCover). Registrable equipment is listed on a specific list of high risk machinery or equipment which is required to be thoroughly investigated and analysed (against the relevant standards and/or legislation) by a qualified Engineer (RPEQ or NPER). Once the device or plant is deemed to comply with the standard, the documentation is provided to the relevant authority and approved.
At Practical Engineering, we can register equipment, including:
- Pressure vessels
- Cranes (10 tonne and above, and mobile cranes)
- Boom type elevating platforms
- Bridge cranes
- Molten metal or dangerous goods cranes
- Gantry cranes larger than 5 tonne
- Personnel hoists
- Work boxes (a basket for lifting personnel by crane)
- Vehicle hoists
- Dangerous Goods tankers
Certification and Third Party Certification is the requirement to examine and assess equipment against the legislated standards. However, with certifiable equipment, reporting to an authority is not necessary, except on investigation of an incident. On investigation of an incident, authorities may require proof of compliance with Australian Standards. Documentation must show the machinery has been certified by a competent, appropriately qualified person.
In certifying equipment, Practical Engineering has experience in many areas, including:
- Pressure equipment
- Hoists and winches
- Mobile and vehicle loading cranes
- Lifting equipment
- Drilling equipment
- Mining equipment
Certification can be performed to Australian Standards, even if there is no formal legislative requirement to do so. Equipment is certified as a matter of base practice and is done as a process for risk reduction or end-user acceptance. This equipment may not be currently covered by any specific standard or piece of legislation but our qualified, Engineers can advise.
The ‘golden rule’ here is if it can kill or harm someone, cause financial/capital loss or if it is in any way dangerous, ask us.
Practical Engineering has been involved in certifying items, including:
- Workshop stands
- Transport stands
- Machinery operating within high voltage areas
- Fork lift attachments
Generally, Australian Occupational Health and Safety institutions do not accept foreign standards; therefore if equipment is imported (even if it has a CE Mark , it must be certified and/or registered under Australian Standards.
Contact the qualified engineers at Practical Engineering to discuss the requirements specific to the governing body, industry and equipment.