Safety Series: Ensuring the safety of our teams
A variety of plant and equipment is used by our teams every day at Ausco Modular. This includes both mobile and fixed plant and equipment. To ensure the plant and equipment are ‘fit for purpose’ a Plant Hazard Analysis (PHA) is conducted on each item. The PHA is a tool used to determine if there are any hazards associated with the item of plant and equipment. It assists to establish safety control measures (preventative measures) to prevent harm to life, health, property, or the environment.
To ensure the safety of our teams, we have embarked on a comprehensive plant hazard analysis across all operations. This analysis focusses on six key areas of assessment and is undertaken using a tablet-based reporting system which are:
- Moving Parts & Guarding
- Energy Sources
- Environmental Conditions
- Uncontrolled Movement.
This provides an overall score for the analysis, and most importantly, it tracks actions identified from the assessment to their conclusion.
Long-term benefits include a broad assessment of similar plant and equipment to help set standards across all operations, along with a better understanding by our teams of the importance of regular inspection.
A good example of the benefits of the PHA was a recent assessment undertaken in our Perth manufacturing site on a specific machine, which identified areas where fixed guarding was able to be improved to offer additional protection to our workers.