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Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001
Repealed version for 7 June 2011 to 31 December 2011 (accessed 18 November 2019 at 17:08)
Chapter 5 Part 5.1
Part 5.1 Preliminary
82   Definitions
In this Chapter:
alter, in relation to plant, means change the design of, add to or take away from the plant if the change may affect health or safety, but does not include routine maintenance, repair or replacement.
AMBSC Code—Part 1: Copper Boilers means the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee Code Part 1, Issue 6—1994, Copper Boilers, published by the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee.
AMBSC Code—Part 2: Steel Boilers means the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee Code Part 2, Issue 4—1995, Steel Boilers, published by the Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Committee.
amusement device means equipment operated for hire or reward that provides entertainment, sightseeing or amusement through movement of the equipment, or part of the equipment, or when passengers travel on, around or along the equipment but does not include any of the following:
(a)  a crane, conveyor, escalator, hoist, lift or moving walk,
(b)  a railway to which the Rail Safety Act 1993 applies,
(c)  a vehicle that is required to be registered under the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1997,
(d)  a vessel to which the Commercial Vessels Act 1979 applies,
(e)  an aircraft to which the Air Navigation Act 1938 applies.
boiler means a vessel or an arrangement of vessels and interconnecting parts, in which steam or other vapour is generated, or water or other liquid is heated at a pressure above that of the atmosphere, by the application of fire, the products of combustion, electrical power or similar high temperature means, including superheaters, reheaters, economisers, boiler piping, supports, mountings, valves, gauges, fittings, controls, the boiler setting and directly associated equipment but does not include a fully flooded or pressurised system in which water or other liquid is heated to a temperature lower than the normal atmospheric boiling temperature of the liquid.
boom-type elevating work platform means a powered telescoping device, hinged device or articulated device, or any combination of these devices, used to support a platform that can be propelled horizontally as well as vertically and on which personnel, equipment or materials can be elevated, being a platform that can be projected laterally outside its wheelbase.
bridge crane means a crane comprising a bridge beam mounted at each end on an end carriage, capable of travelling along elevated runways and having one or more hoisting mechanisms arranged to traverse across the bridge.
building maintenance equipment means a suspended platform and associated equipment, including a building maintenance unit or a swing stage, that incorporates permanently installed overhead supports to provide access to the faces of a building for maintenance, but does not include a suspended scaffold.
building maintenance unit means a power operated suspended platform and associated equipment on a building specifically designed to provide permanent access to the faces of the building for maintenance.
coin operated amusement device means a power operated device that:
(a)  is intended to be ridden, at the one time, by no more than 4 children below the age of 10 years, and
(b)  is usually located in a shopping centre or similar public location, and
(c)  does not necessarily have an operator.
commissioning of plant means performing the necessary adjustments, tests and inspections to ensure plant is in full working order to specified requirements before the plant is used, and includes recommissioning.
concrete placing unit means mobile truck-mounted plant incorporating a knuckle boom that is capable of power operated slewing and luffing to place concrete by way of pumping through a pipeline attached to, or forming part of, the boom of the plant.
conveyor means an apparatus or equipment operated by any power other than manual power, by which loads are raised, lowered or transported or capable of being raised, lowered, transported or continuously driven by:
(a)  an endless belt, rope or chain or other similar means, or
(b)  buckets, trays or other containers or fittings moved by an endless belt, rope, chain or other similar means, or
(c)  a rotating screw, or
(d)  rollers,
and includes the supporting structure and auxiliary equipment and used in connection with the conveyor.
crane means an appliance intended for raising or lowering a load and moving it horizontally and includes the supporting structure of the crane and its foundations, but does not include industrial lift trucks, earthmoving machinery, amusement devices, tractors, industrial robots, conveyors, building maintenance equipment, suspended scaffolds or lifts.
designer of plant includes an employer or self-employed person who designs plant for his, her or its own use at work.
earthmoving machinery means an operator controlled item of plant used to excavate, load, transport, compact or spread earth, overburden, rubble, spoil, aggregate or similar material but does not include a tractor or industrial lift truck.
elevating work platform means a telescoping device, scissor device or articulating device, or any combination of those devices, used to move personnel, equipment or materials to and from work locations above the support surface.
erect includes altering the structure of plant.
ergonomic, in relation to the functioning of plant and systems of work associated with plant, means optimised by adaptation to human capacity or need.
fault means a break or defect that may cause plant to present an increased risk to health and safety and, in the case of a fault in the design of plant, means an aspect of the design that may cause the plant to be a risk to health and safety if manufactured in accordance with the design specifications.
fired heater means a pressure vessel in which a liquid is heated below its atmospheric boiling temperature or a process fluid is heated in tubes above or below its atmospheric boiling temperature by the application of fire, the products of combustion or electric power or similar high temperature means.
gantry crane means a crane comprising a bridge beam, supported at each end by legs mounted on end carriages, capable of travelling on supporting surfaces or deck levels, whether fixed or not and that has a crab with one or more hoisting units arranged to travel across the bridge.
gas cylinder means a particular rigid pressure vessel, exceeding 0.1 kg but not exceeding 3,000 kg water capacity, without openings or integral attachments on the shell other than at the ends, designed for the storage and transport of gas under pressure.
guard means a device that prevents or reduces access to a danger point or area.
hoist means an appliance intended for raising or lowering a load or persons, or both, and includes a scissor type elevating work platform, mast-climbing work platform, personnel and materials hoist, scaffolding hoist and serial hoist but does not include a lift, a building maintenance unit or a powered winding system.
industrial lift truck means powered mobile plant, designed to move goods, materials or equipment, equipped with an elevating load carriage and, normally, a load-holding attachment but does not include a mobile crane or earthmoving machinery.
industrial robot means a multi-functional manipulator and its controllers, capable of handling materials, parts, tools, or specialised devices, through variable programmed motions for the performance of a variety of tasks.
lift means any permanent plant (or plant intended to be permanent) that is in or attached to a building or structure and by means of which persons, goods or materials may be raised or lowered within or on a car, cage or platform and the movement of which is restricted by a guide or guides and includes an apparatus in the nature of a stairway chair lift, escalator or moving walk, and any supporting structure, machinery, equipment, gear, lift well, enclosures and entrances.
log book for an amusement device means a permanent written record of the details required to be kept under this Chapter in respect of the amusement device so as to form a comprehensive history in respect of it.
manufacturer of plant includes an employer or self-employed person who manufactures plant for his, her or its own use at work.
mast-climbing work platform means a hoist having a working platform used for temporary purposes to raise personnel and materials to the working position by means of a drive system mounted on an extendable mast that may be tied to a building.
mobile crane means a crane capable of travelling over a supporting surface without the need for fixed runways (including railway tracks) and relying only on gravity for stability, that is, with no vertical restraining connection between itself and the supporting surface and no horizontal restraining connection (other than frictional forces at supporting-surface level) that may act as an aid to stability.
operator protective devices include roll over protective structures, falling object protective structures, operator restraining devices and seat belts.
plant includes any machinery, equipment or appliance.
plant affecting public safety has the meaning set out in clause 83.
powered winding system means any lifting plant used to carry people for the purposes of allowing access to the underground workings of a mining workplace or a coal workplace or for the purposes of inspecting and maintaining the system or the mine shaft, but does not include manually operated plant or light portable winches.
prefabricated scaffolding means an integrated system of prefabricated components manufactured in such a way that the geometry of assembled scaffolds is pre-determined.
pressure equipment means boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping specifically covered by AS/NZS 1200:2000 Pressure equipment (not being equipment or plant under pressure referred to in clause A4 of Appendix A to that Standard) and categorised as being of hazard level A, B, C or D according to the criteria identified in AS 4343—1999 Pressure equipment—Hazard levels.
pressure piping means an assembly of pipes, pipe fittings, valves and pipe accessories subject to internal or external pressure and used to contain or convey fluid or to transmit fluid pressure, including distribution headers, bolting, gaskets, pipe supports and pressure retaining accessories but does not include a boiler or pressure vessel or any pipeline covered by the Gas Supply Act 1996, the Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 or the Pipelines Act 1967 or a pipeline within the meaning of clause 3 of Schedule 3 to this Regulation.
pressure vessel means a vessel subject to internal or external pressure, including interconnected parts and components, valves, gauges and other fittings up to the first point of connection to connecting piping, and fired heaters and gas cylinders, but does not include a boiler or pressure piping or any pipeline covered by the Gas Supply Act 1996, the Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 or the Pipelines Act 1967.
qualified electrical engineer means:
(a)  an electrical engineer who is a charter member of the Australian Institution of Engineers, or
(b)  a person belonging to a class of persons recognised as being qualified electrical engineers for the purposes of this Chapter by WorkCover (in relation to places of work that are not mining workplaces or coal workplaces) or by the Department Head (Mining) (in relation to places of work that are mining workplaces or coal workplaces).
qualified engineer means:
(a)  a mechanical or structural engineer who is a charter member of the Australian Institution of Engineers, or
(b)  a person who is recognised as being competent to exercise the functions of a qualified engineer for the purposes of this Chapter by WorkCover (in relation to places of work that are not mining workplaces or coal workplaces) or by the Department Head (Mining) (in relation to places of work that are mining workplaces or coal workplaces).
repair means to restore plant to an operating condition, but does not include routine maintenance, replacement or alteration.
scaffold means a temporary structure, specifically erected to support access or working platforms.
scaffolding equipment means any component, assembly or machine used or intended to be used in the construction of a scaffold.
suspended scaffold means a scaffold incorporating a suspended platform that is capable of being raised or lowered when in use and includes a boatswain’s chair.
tower crane means a boom or jib crane mounted on a tower structure that is demountable or permanent and includes horizontal and luffing jib types.
tractor means a motor vehicle, whether wheeled or track mounted, designed to provide power and movement of any attached machine or implement by a transmission shaft, belt or linkage system but does not include earthmoving machinery.
use plant means work from, operate, maintain, inspect or clean plant.
vehicle hoist means a vehicle-hoisting device, the purpose of which is to provide access for convenient under-chassis examination or service.
work box means a personnel carrying device, designed to be suspended from a crane, to provide a working area for persons conveyed by and working from the box.
workpiece means material, offcut or scrap (in any form) on which an item of plant is doing work, or any material, offcut or scrap (in any form) produced by an item of plant but does not include a load being lifted or moved by the plant.
83   Plant affecting public safety
For the purposes of section 135 of the Act, plant of the following kinds is prescribed as plant affecting public safety, whether or not the plant is at a place of work or for use at work:
(a)  boilers categorised as being of hazard level A, B or C according to the criteria in AS 4343—1999 Pressure equipment—Hazard levels,
(b)  boilers covered by the AMBSC Code—Part 1: Copper Boilers or the AMBSC Code–Part 2: Steel Boilers,
(c)  pressure vessels categorised as being of hazard level A, B or C according to the criteria in AS 4343—1999 except the following:
(i)    (Repealed)
(ii)  serially produced pressure vessels covered by AS 2971—1987 Serially produced pressure vessels,
(iii)  pressure vessels that do not require periodic internal inspection in accordance with the criteria in Table 4.1 in AS/NZS 3788:1996 Pressure equipment—In-service inspection,
(d)  lifts (including escalators and moving walkways) as defined in AS 1735.1—1999 Lifts, escalators and moving walks Part 1: General requirements,
(e)  amusement devices (other than coin operated amusement devices),
(f)  gas cylinders.