Certificate of registration of a registrable plant - Queensland

Service summary

A person must not use registrable plant, and a person conducting business or undertaking (PCBU) must not direct or allow a worker to use registrable plant at a workplace, unless the plant is registered. A person with management of control of an item of plant can apply to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for its registration.

Section 702, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 defines:

Owner of high risk plant, means a person who holds legal title to the plant and includes any of the following in relation to the plant -

  • a mortgagee in possession of the plant
  • a lessee
  • a licensee
  • a trustee
  • a person in control, including as a company administrator, receiver and manager, or liquidator.

What is registrable plant?

Schedule 5 (Part 2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 lists the plant that requires registration.

  • Boilers, catagorised as hazard level A, B or C according to the criteria in section 2.1 of AS4343:2005 (Pressure equipment - Hazard levels)
  • Pressure vessels categorised as hazard level A, B or C according to the criteria in section 2.1 of AS4343:2005 (Pressure equipment - Hazard levels), except
    • Gas cylinders
    • LP gas fuel vessels for automotive use
    • Serially produced vessels
  • Building maintenance units
  • Escalators
  • Lifts, including escalators and moving walkways, except lifts stated in section 4(2)
  • Mobile Cranes with a rated capacity of greater than 10 tonnes
  • Tower Cranes including self-erecting tower cranes
  • Concrete placement units with delivery booms
  • Amusement devices covered by section 2.1 of AS 3533.1 (Amusement Rides and Devices), except class 1 structures stated in section 4(3).

Queensland Work Health and Safety Legislation changes to items of plant requiring registration

Air conditioning units and cooling towers

Under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation 2011) there is no longer a requirement for air conditioning and cooling towers to be registered.  However, there is a new requirement for pressure vessels within air conditioning units.

Pressure vessels within air conditioning units

Plant registration of pressure vessel components of air conditioning units is required under the WHS regulation 2011 (Schedule 5, Part 2 - Items of plant requiring registration).

Previously, registration of air conditioning units included all the components of the system and consequently additional individual registration of any pressure vessel components was not required.

Schedule 5, Part 2, 3.2 states that:

Pressure vessels categorised as hazard level A, B or C according to the criteria in section 2.1 of AS 4343:2005 (Pressure equipment - Hazard levels), except:

  1. gas cylinders
  2. LP Gas fuel vessels for automotive use
  3. serially produced vessels.

To determine if plant registration of pressure vessels within an air conditioning unit is required, it is recommended that owners seek technical advice from their air conditioner supplier or service agent.

Form 8 i.e. Application for the registration of registrable plant should be completed and submitted to Workplace Health and Safety queensland (WHSQ) for any pressure vessel that meets these criteria and is incorporated as a component of an air conditioning unit.

Inflatable amusement devices

Under the WHS Regulation 2011 inflatable amesement devices (which are not sealed or those that do use a non-return valve) are required to be registered.  Please note that the regulator has granted a class exemption from design and item registration and annual inspections for certain inflatable amusement devices - see the resource Exemptions to the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Truck-mounted concrete placing units with booms

The WHS Regulation 2011 has expanded the registration of truck-mounted concrete placing units with booms to include all concrete placement units with delivery booms.  If you hold a current registration for a truck-mounted concrete placing unit with boom, this will be automatically changed over to the new title of 'concrete placement unit with delivery boom'.  If you receive your renewal notice and the old terminology is still being used, this will be corrected when your registration certificate is printed.  There is no need to contact WHSQ to have this changed prior to the renewal of your registration.

Changes to inspection requirements

The PCBU that is in control of an item of registrable plant must now keep a record of all tests, inspections, maintenance, commissioning, decommissioning, dismantling and alterations of plant for the period that the plant is used or until lthe person relinquishes control of the plant.  If the plant is relinquished to another party, these records must be given to the person taking control of the plant.

The maintenance, inspection and testing must be carried out:

  1. in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations, if any; or
  2. if there are no manufacturer's recommendations, in accordance with the recommendations of a competent person; or
  3. in relation to inspection, if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with paragraph (a) or (b), annually.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Air conditioning unit

means a unit of plant that provides air conditioning and that either incorporates a cooling tower or consists of 1 or more compressors and the power rating required for operation of the air conditioning unit is 50 kW or more (F).

Amusement device

means plant 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 -

  • a miniature train and railway system owned and operated by a model railway society, club or association; or
  • a ride or device that is used as a form of transport and that is, in relation to its use for that purpose, regulated under another Act or an Act of the Commonwealth; or
  • a boat or flotation device -
    • that is solely propelled by a person who is in or on the boat or device; and
    • that is not attached to any mechanical elements or equipment outside the boat or device, and that does not rely on any artificial flow of water to move; or
  • any plant specifically designed for a sporting, professional stunt, theatrical or acrobatic purpose or activity; or
  • a coin-operated or token-operated device that -
    • is intended to be ridden, at the one time, by not more than 4 children who must be below the age of 10 years; and
    • is usually located in a shopping centre or similar public location; and
    • does not necessarily have an operation.

The person with management or control of an amusement device at a workplace must ensure that a detailed inspection of the device is carried out at least once every 12 months by a competent person.  An inspection must include the following:

  • Checks of the operational history of the amusement device since the last detailed inspection.
  • Checks of the log book for the amusement device.
  • Checks that maintenance and inspections have been undertaken under section 240 of the WHS Regulation 2011.
  • Checks that any required tests have been carried out, and that appropriate records have been maintained.
  • A detailed inspection of the amusement device to ensure compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the WHS Regulation 2011 (including a specific inspection of the critical components of the amusement device).

Please note that the regulator has granted a class exemption from design and item registration and annual inspections for certain inflatable amusement devices.

Refer to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's website for further information on class exemption at:  http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/law/whslaws/exemption/index.htm#exempt.

Australian Standard (AS)

followed by a designation means the Australian Standard to which that designation relates as issued by Standards Australia.

Cooling tower

means a device for lowering the temperature of water by evaporating cooling in which atmospheric air passes through sprayed water exchanging heat, and includes a device incorporating a refrigerant or water heat exchanger.

Escalator

means a power driven inclined continuous stairway used for raising or lowering passengers and includes a moving walkway.

Lift

means any machinery having a platform or cage, the direction or movement of which is restricted by a guide or guides and used or designed for use for raising or lowering persons, goods or materials (and includes any and all machinery, supports and enclosures) and all equipment of them (whether or not detachable) used or designed for use for operating a lift.

LP gas cylinder

means a cylinder with a water capacity of more than 0.1kg that contains liquefied petroleum gas under pressure.

Eligibility requirements


As the owner you should obtain a Letter of Acceptance of Design for each Registrable Plant. Where applicable, reciprocal approval from other states or overseas will suffice.

If the design of the plant is not registered, drawings, calculations or a certificate is needed from a competent person stating that the machine complies with the relevant Australian Standards as listed in Part 2, Division 3, Schedule 4 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Duration

This registration remains in effect for 1 year.  Registration expires on 31 January each year.

Fees

View the list of scheduled fees. GST does not apply to fees.

Application

Submit a completed Application for registration of registrable plant to the agency.

Copies of letters of design registration or copies of reciprocal design approvals (if registered interstate or overseas) must be submitted with the application. (Not required with application for plant registration)


Transfer details

This licence cannot be transferred.

If the plant is to be sold interstate, scrapped or decommissioned, no transfer is required.  However your regional office must be notified and there must be no improvement notices or prohibitions against the plant.


Additional information

The person with management or control of a registered mobile crane or tower crane at a workplace must ensure that the maintenance, inspection and, if necessary, testing of the crane is carried out by a competent person.  Mobile and tower cranes must be inspected:

  • at the end of the design life recommended by the manufacturer for the crane
  • if there are no manufacturer's recommendations, then in accordance with the recommendations of a competent person
  • if it is not reasonably practicable to comply with the above recommendations, then every 10 years from the date that the crane was first commissioned or first registered, whichever occurred first.

Administering agency

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Queensland)

Contact details

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
Licensing and Advisory Services


Operating address:
Level 2
Citilink Business Centre
153 Campbell Street
Bowen Hills, Queensland 4006
Mailing address:
PO Box 820
Lutwyche, Queensland 4030

Phone:

1300362128
WHSQLicensing@justice.qld.gov.au

Website:

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