The newly released Australian Standard AS 4024.1-2006 and all of the 26 Parts totalling 664 pages that comprise the Standard means for Australian manufacturers that they now have a professional guidance document they can turn to for assistance with machine guarding and process line safety. The Standard originating as an International Standard has been adapted to Australia’s’ tough safety practices and Australian Law.
While much of the document, the latest update since 1996, covers machine design parameters also included and importantly so, is help with the principles for the development of risk assessments as required by both the Victorian O H & S Act 2004 Section 35 and the NSW equivalent i.e. O H & S Regulations 2001 Clause 10.
The new Standard is far more comprehensive than its predecessor. The new Standard also deals in particular with safety distances and gaps, relative to three key foreseeable risks namely preventing danger zones from being reached by upper limbs, lower limbs and minimum gaps to prevent crushing injuries to an operators’ body.
Ray Schaffer, an O H & S / Environment Consultant practicing in Sydney has been invited by the Organisers of The Safety Show to be held in Sydney 17-19 October 2006, in association with the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) to lead two groups of Conference attendees on a Tour of selected Exhibitors stands (18th October) and act as an expert Guide in facilitating these attendees improve their knowledge of the Australian Standard.