"Classified Plant" now called "Registered Plant"
Under WA’s new Work Health and Safety Act 2020 and the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022, which came into effect on 31 March 2022, the term “Classified Plant” has been replaced with “Registered Plant”. The new WHS Act and accompanying regulations combine WHS for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single Act, replacing the previously applicable Mines Safety & Inspection Act 1994 and the associated Mines Safety & Inspections Regulations 1995.
➜ Learn more about the new WHS Regulation Updates
Registerable 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.
The new Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations state that you must register with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety all Registerable Plant.
Click below to download our detailed guide about all recent WHS changes.
What requires a Registerable Plant Inspection?
- Pressure equipment with a Hazard Level A, B, C and D
- Gas cylinders - general requirements
- 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 with a maximum rated capacity 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
- Concrete placing booms
Why choose AME for Registerable Plant Inspection?
Along with our industry leading experience, AME’s unique Online Inspection and Registered Plant Management System has revolutionised asset inspection services providing digital access and uploading of relevant documents by our inspectors in the field.
Registerable Plant Obligations
A person with management and control of plant at a workplace must manage the risks to health and safety associated with plant in accordance with Part 3.1 of the WHS Regulations. Any risks identified with the safe use of plant must be eliminated from the workplace if reasonably practicable to do so. If not reasonably practicable to do so the risk should be minimised using appropriate control measures.
A person with management and control of plant at a workplace must ensure that the maintenance, inspection, and testing of plant is carried out by a competent person.
A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) is obligated to implement management strategies for the continued safe use of plant over the life cycle of the asset.
Your Compliance Responsibilities
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) was formed on 1 July 2017, as a result of merging the Department of Commerce and Department of Mines and Petroleum.
Its mission is to support a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry, energy and resources sector.
DMIRS 2023 – Supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for Western Australian communities, industries, energy and resource sectors – provides a snapshot of the department’s values, purpose and strategic focus. It features a summary of the key projects DMIRS has delivered in 2022-2023 and the initiatives planned over the next 12 months that will:
- protect workers and consumers;
- build a sustainable and responsible resources industry; and
- support energy transformation and economic growth.
WorkSafe is the Western Australian Government agency responsible for the administration of the WA Work Health Safety Act 2020. It is a division of the Department of Commerce.
Because Western Australia now has one Act of legislation for mining and other workplaces we only have one WorkSafe which covers three industry sectors:
- Worksafe Mines Safety.
- WorkSafe Petroleum Safety.
What is the role of WorkSafe?
WorkSafe, part of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, is the WHS department that will assist the regulator in the administration of the WHS Act. This includes the provision of inspectors and other staff to secure compliance with the legislation.
To align with the legislative change the Department has consolidated all its workplace health and safety inspectorates from the existing WorkSafe, Mines Safety, Petroleum Safety, and the teams that support them, under one shared identity, WorkSafe Western Australia.
A unified identity will simplify communication about the relationship between the WorkSafe Commissioner, as the ‘regulator’ under the WHS Act, and DMIRS as the ‘WHS department’.
The WorkSafe WA identity will assist to reinforce the message that there will be one WHS Act for almost all WA workplaces.
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 AME Mine Site Inspection Audit Process. This inspection will be conducted in accordance with the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 and applicable Australian Standards.
An AME Site Audit report is compiled listing all registered plant which has a existing equipment file and registerable plant that must be registered under the WA WHS Mines Regulations 2022 Transitional Savings Provisions.
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 Registered Plant will be uploaded into the AME Online Asset Inspection System (OAIS) 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 can obtain Manufacturer’s Data Reports, Hydrostatic Test Reports, Evidence of Plant Design Registration, from a majority of the common suppliers.
If registered plant has missing documents our inspection services team can search the OAIS data base for existing certificates.
All testing can be NATA certified.
AME can offer a service to compile a asset list from the Online Asset Inspection System for impending inspections for a projected period of time. This allows the client to undertake a scheduling process for the plant inspections or coordinate inspections during routine maintenance shutdowns.
AME can offer ongoing asset inspection and management services with asset inspectors on site to provide the quality assurance and compliance for your business assets.
Inspection and Management Services
We can register your Registerable 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 Work Health and Safety Regulations.
We have developed auditing tools for confirming if your Registerable Plant management system meets the requirements of the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations.
Our audits will highlight any shortcomings in your system and provide you with clear and effective preventive maintenance strategies to successfully address any non-compliance.
Our inspectors are highly experienced and competent in conducting inspections of all your Registerable Plant.
At AME, we pride ourselves on producing comprehensive and meticulous reports that provide clear insights, ensuring that our clients are well-informed and can make decisions with confidence.
We can provide Registerable Plant Equipment Files for your plant and locate where possible the full suite of documents and records you need to manage your Registerable Plant obligations.
These include the master Registerable Plant registers for your fixed and Itinerant Registerable Plant, as well as the documentation and records covering each individual registerable 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 obligations are being fulfilled.
Our Perth 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.