The Commonwealth, states and territories regulate and enforce WHS laws.
We created the model WHS laws in 2011.
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Plant includes machinery, equipment, appliances, containers, implements and tools and any components or anything fitted or connected to those things. Plant includes items as diverse as lifts, cranes, computers, machinery, conveyors, forklifts, vehicles, power tools, quad bikes, mobile plant and amusement devices.
Plant is a major cause of death and injury in Australian workplaces and poses risks to health and safety throughout its lifecycle.
If you design, manufacture, supply or import plant, you have duties to:
manage risks with designing and manufacturing plant
pass on information about how to use it safely.
If you manage or control plant, you must manage risks to keep yourself and others safe.
SWA is not a regulator and cannot advise you about WHS issues in the workplace. If you need help please contact your state or territory work health and safety authority.