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110797 VWA PlantHazard Cvr 21/11/05 10:28 AM Page 1

Plant hazard
checklist Some of the
questions you
should ask to help
identify hazards
arising from plant

WorkSafe Victoria is a division of the Victorian WorkCover Authority


VWA 556/03/11.05
HAZARD CHECKLIST Page 1

Introduction

This checklist provides a typical range of questions that can be


asked to help with the identification of hazards associated with
plant. It may be used as a starting point, with certain questions
added or deleted to make the checklist appropriate to the plant
and associated systems of work being examined.

If “yes” is the answer to a question in the checklist, the plant,


parts of the plant and/or the situation associated with the hazard,
should be identified on the checklist.

The following are examples of hazards identified and recorded


in checklists:

• someone’s fingers may get caught between the two rollers


of the paper processing machine

• the pipe containing high pressure fluids in the stamping


machine may burst

• the boom of the mobile crane may touch the overhead powerlines

• people may trip over the electric power lead for the bench grinder

When completing the checklist, consider the hazards that may affect:

• plant operators

• anyone working, or in the vicinity of, the plant

• others who could be affected, such as visitors, contractors, etc.


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If “yes” is the A ENTANGLEMENT


answer to a Can anyone’s hair, clothi ng, gloves,
question in the n ecktie, jewellery, cle ani ng brushes,
checklist, the r ags or other materia l s become
plant, parts of entangled with moving parts of the
the plant p lant, or materials in m oti on?
and/or the
situation
associated with
the hazard B CRUSHING
should be
written in the Can anyone be crushed due to:
space provided. a. material falling off the plant?

b. uncontrolled or unexpected movement


of the plant or its l oad?

c. lack of capacity for the plant to


be slowed, stopped or immobilised?

d. the plant tipping or rolling over?

e. parts of the plant col l apsing?

f. coming in contact w i th moving parts


of the plant duri ng testing, inspection,
operation, maintenance, cleaning
or repair?

g. being thrown off or under the plant?

h. being trapped be tw een the plant


and materials or fi xed structures?

i. other factors not m entioned?


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C CUTTING, STABBING If “yes” is the


answer to a
AND PUNCTURING question in the
Can anyone be cu t, stabbed or punctured checklist, the
due to: plant, parts of
a. c oming in co ntact with sharp the plant
or flyin g objects? and/or the
situation
associated with
the hazard
b. c oming in co ntact with moving should be
parts of the p lant during testing, written in the
inspection, o peration, maintenance, space provided.
cleaning or r epair of the plant?

c. the pla nt, pa rts of the plant or


work pieces d isintegrating?

d. work pieces being ejected?

e . the mobility of the plant?

f . uncontrolled or unexpected movem ent


of the plant?

g. other factors not mentioned?

D SHEARING
Can anyone’s bod y parts be sheared
be t ween two part s of the plant,
or between a part of the plant and a
wor k piec e or stru cture?

E FRICTION
Can anyone be bu rnt due to contact wi th
mov ing parts or surfaces of the plant, or
mat erial ha ndled by the plant?
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If “yes” is the F STRIKING


answer to a
Can anyone be struck by m oving objects
question in the
d ue to:
checklist, the
plant, parts of a. uncontrolled or unexpected movement
the plant of the plant or materi al handled by
and/or the the plant?
situation
associated with
the hazard b. the plant, parts of the plant or work
should be pieces disintegra ti ng?
written in the
space provided.
c. work pieces bein g ej ected?

d. mobility of the pl ant?

e. other factors not m entioned?

G HIGH PRESSURE FLUID


Can anyone come into contact
with fluids under high pressure,
d ue to plant failure or m i suse
o f the plant?
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H. ELECTRICAL If “yes” is the


answer to a
Can anyone be injured by electrical
question in the
shoc k or burnt due to:
checklist, the
a. the plant contacting live electrical plant, parts of
conductors? the plant
and/or the
situation
b. the pla nt wo rking in close proxim i ty associated with
to elec trical conductors? the hazard
should be
written in the
c. overload of electrical circuits? space provided.

d. damaged or p oorly maintained


elec trical leads and cables?

e . damaged electrical switches?

f . water near electrical equipment?

g. lac k of isolat ion procedures?

h. other factors not mentioned?

I EXPLOSION
Can anyone be injured by explosion of
gases, vapours, liq uids, dusts or other
substanc es, triggered by the operation
of t he plant or by material handled by
t he plant?
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If “yes” is the J SLIPPING, TRIPPING AND FALLING


answer to a Can anyone using the pl ant, or in
question in the t he vicinity of the plant, sl ip, trip
checklist, the o r fall due to:
plant, parts of
a. uneven or slippe ry w ork surfaces?
the plant
and/or the
situation
associated with b. poor housekeeping, eg. swarf in the
the hazard vicinity of the pl ant, spillage not
should be cleaned up?
written in the
space provided.
c. obstacles being pl aced in the vicinity
of the plant?

d. other factors not m entioned?

Can anyone fall from a hei ght due to:


a. lack of a proper w ork platform?

b. lack of proper stai rs or ladders?

c. lack of guardrail s or other suitable


edge protection?

d. unprotected hole s, penetrations or


gaps?

e. poor floor or wal ki ng surfaces, such as


the lack of a slip-resi stant surface?

f. steep walking surfaces?

g. collapse of the s upporting structure?

h. other factors not m entioned?


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K ERGONOMIC If “yes” is the


Can anyone be injured due to: answer to a
question in the
a. poorly design ed seating?
checklist, the
plant, parts of
the plant
b. repetitive bo dy movement? and/or the
situation
associated with
c . constra ined body posture or the n eed the hazard
for excessive effort? should be
written in the
space provided.

d. design defici ency causing mental or


psyc hologica l stress?

e . inadequate o r poorly placed lighti ng?

f . lac k of consid eration given to human


error or human behaviour?

g. mismatch of the plant with huma n


traits and natural limitations?

h. other factors not mentioned?

(F or more inf ormation on hazards


assoc iated with manual handling,
refer to the WorkSafe publication
Manua l H and ling – Code of Practi ce
No. 25, 2000 )

L SUFFOCATION
Can anyone be su ffocated due to lack of
ox y gen, or atmosp heric contamination ?

M HIGH TEMPERATURE OR FIRE


Can anyone come into contact with
objects at h igh temperatures?

Can anyone be injured by fire?


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If “yes” is the N TEMPERATURE [THERMAL COMFORT]


answer to a
Can anyone suffer ill -heal th due to
question in the
exposure to high or l ow temperatures?
checklist, the
plant, parts of
the plant
and/or the O OTHER HAZARDS
situation
associated with Can anyone be injured or suffer
the hazard ill-health from exposure to:
should be a. chemicals?
written in the (For more informati on on hazards
space provided. associated with chem i cals, refer to
the Code of Prac ti ce for Storage &
Handling of Dan gerous Goods and
the WorkSafe publ i cation Hazardous
Substances – Code of Practice
N o. 24, 2000)
b. toxic gases or va pours?

c. fumes?

d. dust?

e. noise?

(For more inform ati on on hazards


associated with noi se, refer to the
WorkSafe website or WorkCover
Advisory Service)

f. vibration?

g. radiation?

h. other factors not m entioned?


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110797 VWA PlantHazard Cvr 21/11/05 10:28 AM Page 1

Plant hazard
checklist Some of the
questions you
should ask to help
identify hazards
arising from plant

WorkSafe Victoria is a division of the Victorian WorkCover Authority


VWA 556/03/11.05