Workplace health and safety laws require the highest order control be applied. Higher order machinery and equipment risk controls are preventative by nature, are effective and durable for the environment it is used in, and deal directly with the hazard at its source.
Note: The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 prescribes specific requirements that must be taken into account when determining risk controls for both confined spaces and working at heights.
People providing cleaning services could: • work alone • access machinery and equipment from the rear or sides, or in unexpected ways • climb on machinery and equipment • enter confined spaces, or larger machinery and equipment • become trapped by the mechanism of the machinery and equipment through poor isolation of energy sources or stored energy, such as spring-loaded or counter-balance mechanisms, compressed air or fluids, or parts held in position by hydraulics or pneumatic (air) rams • work with chemicals • operate electrical equipment in wet areas.
Working at height. Providing people with a suitable work platform for the task being undertaken reduces the risk of injury from falling from machinery and equipment. Often safe access equipment, made available during installation of machinery and/or equipment, is removed after commissioning.