The definition of “plant” that is given in the OH&S Act 2004 is:
(a)    any machinery, equipment, appliance, implement and tool; and
(b)    any component of those things; and
(c)    any fitted, connected or related to any of those things

Some examples of “Plant” are any machinery or equipment that:

  • cuts, drills, punches or grinds material including tools such as knives, hock cutters, brisket saws
  • presses, forms, hammers, joins or moulds material,
  • combines, mixes, sorts, packages, assembles or knits material eg cryovacs
  • lifts or moves materials or people including conveyors or vacuum lifters

Other types of “Plant” include:

  • forklifts
  • tractors
  • lifts
  • earthmoving machinery
  • cranes and other mobile plant
  • mini loaders
  • lasers
  • scaffolds
  • temporary access equipment
  • explosive-powered tools and
  • amusement structures

Some types of “Plant” are considered “High Risk Plant” and may require a license from WorkSafe. Of particular relevance to meatworkers is the need for a license for High Risk Work such as operating forklifts or cranes.

All plant is not covered in the Consolidated Regulations, but it is all covered under the OH&S Act.

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