What is Classified Plant?
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.
Western Australian Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations state that you must register with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety all Classified Plant.
What requires a Classified Plant Inspection?
- Pressure equipment with a Hazard Level A, B, C and D refer to MSIR 1995 6.34 (5) a-m
- 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
Why choose AME for Classified Plant Inspection?
Along with our industry experience, AME’s unique Online Inspection and Classified Plant Management System (CPMS) has revolutionised inspection reporting.
Classified Plant Obligations
Classified Plant Management is an OH&S matter which, if neglected, could result in the injury or death of personnel. If Classified Plant is not registered or inspected according to applicable regulations and statutory law, this can lead to individual employee and/or company fines.
Your Compliance Responsibilities
The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is the State’s lead agency in attracting private investment in resources exploration and development through the provision of geoscientific information on minerals and energy resources, and management of an equitable and secure titles systems for the mining, petroleum and geothermal industries.
It also carries prime responsibility for regulating these extractive industries and dangerous goods in Western Australia, including the collection of royalties, and ensuring that safety, health and environmental standards are consistent with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation, regulations and policies.
In addition to this, DMP is committed to educating the community about resource development and regulation in WA.
WorkSafe is the Western Australian Government agency responsible for the administration of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. It is a division of the Department of Commerce.
WorkSafe aims to reduce workplace fatalities and injury and disease rates in accordance with national targets, by:
- Reducing high incidence/severity risks
- Improving the capacity of business operators and workers to manage occupational safety and health effectively
- Preventing occupational disease more effectively
- Eliminating hazards at the design stage, and;
- Strengthening the capacity of government to influence occupational safety and health outcomes.
Safe Work Australia was established by the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 with primary responsibility to lead the development of policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. It performs its functions in accordance with strategic and operational plans agreed annually by the Select Council on Workplace Relations.
Safe Work Australia is a tripartite body with the following members:
- An independent chair;
- Members representing the Commonwealth and each state and territory;
- Members representing the interests of workers;
- Members representing the interests of employers, and;
- The Chief Executive Officer.
As a national policy body Safe Work Australia does not regulate work health and safety laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories retain responsibility for regulating and enforcing work health and safety laws in their jurisdiction.
Safe Work Australia works under the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety, formalising the cooperation between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to achieve harmonisation of OHS laws.
Plant Inspection Process
The only way to correctly gauge your site’s compliance with relevant regulations is to carry out a ‘Snapshot’ Audit of your site(s) using the DMP HIF Audit Test. This inspection will be conducted in accordance with the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 (MSIR 1995) and applicable Australian Standards.
Once approved and setup, AME will provide your company access to the electronic database, which is accessible online 24/7. A comprehensive list of all the Classified Plant will be uploaded into the CPMS with all five applicable folders included. It is important for any corresponding documentation to be submitted to AME at this stage. Any Pressure Relief Valve information obtained will be updated into a PRV register to allow for the management of the re-certification of such valves.
All missing documents will be sourced from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). AME are able to obtain Manufacturer’s Data Reports, Hydrostatic Test Reports, Evidence of Plant Design Registration and the like from a majority of the common suppliers with whom we are currently dealing with. All testing can be NATA certified.
At the end of each month, AME can send through an updated report containing a ‘hit list’ of pending Statutory or Duty of Care Inspections due within the following two months, in order to allow enough time to arrange the Inspections. Within this part of the Scope of Work, AME can assist your company with any WorkSafe WA or Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) registrations and other requirements.
AME will ensure that all Plant and Equipment Inspections are managed in a timely fashion, with inspectors made available for regular site visits, or for whenever they are required.
Inspection and Management Services
We can register your classified plant with the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) Resources Safety Division.
This includes collecting together all technical documentation and design drawings, collating documents for submission, performing hazard level calculations, drafting all forms and submittal letters, submitting the application, liaising with the Department throughout the submission process, keeping you informed of progress and forwarding all registration documents to you at the completion of registration.
We can also arrange individual registration or design registration with WorkSafe WA or other statutory authority with responsibility for plant safety as required under the relevant Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
We have developed auditing tools for confirming if your classified plant management system meets the requirements of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act and Regulations.
Our audits will highlight any shortcomings in your system and provide you with clear and effective strategies to successfully address any non-compliance.
Our inspectors are highly experienced and competent in conducting statutory inspections of all your classified plant.
They are also available for your ‘duty of care’ non-statutory inspections and free-up your resources and manpower to be used on other priority activities.
We can provide Classified Plant Equipment Files for your registrable classified plant and locate where possible the full suite of documents and records you need to manage your classified plant obligations.
These include the master classified plant registers for your fixed and itinerant classified plant, as well as the documentation and records covering each individual classified plant equipment item.
We can manage and track your pressure relief valves and monitor their history on your behalf. This includes maintaining all technical information, applicable documentation and historic records of each pressure valve’s condition, use and maintenance.
Regular status reports can be issued of the valve status and you can confidently be sure that your statutory obligations are being fulfilled.
Our NDT services are suitable for any and every stage of a project, from initiation through to ongoing maintenance and support.
AME has a diverse range of inspection services to supply customers with manufacturing and maintenance inspection and testing support.