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.
Many different types of machinery and equipment use high integrity safety systems that disable a mechanism at the time of access. Some examples include: • brake press • power press • robotic machine (automated machines) • injection moulders • powered guillotines • programmable lathe and milling equipment • industrial mixers • mincing equipment • plasma cutting tables • laser cutting tables.
A stable work platform, suited to the nature of the work that allows for good posture relative to the work performed, sure footing, safe environment and fall prevention (if a fall may occur), is a basic requirement. For example, cooling towers on building roofs may have poor access, yet must be attended by a service person at predictable times for water treatment, chemical dosing or monitoring of automated dosing equipment.
Access may vary during each stage of the machinery and equipment life cycle. For example: • installation or removal o complete access from every area may be required and involve disconnection or connection of services, such as water, air, pipes, installation of electrical cable to switch board • operation o access for set up, operation and adjustment • maintenance, repair, cleaning, alteration or adaptation o access to remote areas may be required.