What is Classified Plant?
Despite working with and around Classified Plant every day, it can sometimes remain unclear exactly what Classified Plant is, what Australian Standards and Regulations apply, and why certain types of Classified Plant must be registered.
As a part of our mission to provide professional clear and detailed information through quality reporting and training, AME are committed to ensuring our clients and partners are made aware of their Classified Plant, and of their statutory obligations pertaining to it’s registration, inspection and management.
Under the Mine Safety and Inspection Regulations (MSIR 1995) Classified Plant is defined as any boiler, crane, hoist, lift or pressure vessel.
This includes fixed and itinerant plant like elevating work platforms (EWP), pressure vessels,
bridge and gantry cranes, mobile cranes, lifts and hoists, vehicle hoists, monorails, mancages and boilers.
Of the above list, the Western Australian Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations state that you must register with the Department of Mining and Petroleum Resources Safety all registrable Classified Plant, which are:
- Pressure equipment with a Hazard Level A, B, C and D
- Gas cylinders to AS 2030 (Gas Cylinder Code)
- Cranes – powered tower; gantry cranes greater than 5T; bridge cranes greater than 10T; all cranes used for handling molten metal or Dangerous Goods; Mobile Cranes greater than 10T
- Lifts including building maintenance units
- Powered vehicle hoists
- Elevating Work Platforms – Powered hoists for people, elevating booms, powered mast climbing work platforms
- Work boxes suspended from cranes
- Prefabricated scaffold
So why register Classified Plant?
Two reasons stand out for the registration, inspection and management of Classified Plant:
- It is required by law (under the MSIR 1995) that all items of classified plant at mine sites are to be registered before use, but more importantly;
- Classified Plant is considered high-risk plant and equipment that has been found to be extremely hazardous, particularly if it’s design, construction, testing, operation or maintenance has been compromised.
Registering Classified Plant ensures that the plant conforms to applicable regulations and Australian Standards, and due to the hazardous nature and potential to cause harm it should also be regularly inspected.
If Classified Plant is not registered or inspected according to applicable regulations and statutory law, this can lead to individual employee fines of up to $6,250 and company fines of up to $62,500 per offence.
More importantly, leaving plant unchecked could lead to the harm and destruction of equipment or to the injury and even death of personnel.
With a team of highly qualified and experienced personnel, AME has an intimate knowledge of the applicable Mining, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and Australian Standards in regards to Classified Plant.
AME provide a full service from registration to the management and inspection of Classified Plant, setting up Classified Plant Equipment Files and the provision of Statutory and Itinerant Record Books as well as Statutory and Duty of Care Classified Plant Inspections.