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  • 26 Mar 2020 5:13 PM | Rodney Grant (Administrator)

    What are WorkSafe’s expectations about PECPR equipment with an expiring certificate of inspection?

    Some equipment that falls within the Health and Safety in Employment (Pressure Equipment, Cranes and Passenger Ropeways) Regulations 1999 may have certificates of inspection due to expire during alert level four.

    We expect that equipment due for certificate of inspection and not needed for delivery or support of essential services to be shut down for the duration of alert level four, if it is safe to do so. 

    For equipment that’s due for a certificate of inspection and needed for delivery or support of essential services, we expect PCBUs to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment to see whether inspection is required. 

    If inspection is required, we expect PCBUs to consider the following matters at a minimum:

    • can the certifier attend and are they allowed on site?
    • are maintenance personnel available and allowed on site?
    • is maintenance up-to-date?
    • are safety critical devices operational, and if so,
      • are control systems checked and verified and/or
      • are safety valves tested and operational?
    • have there been any problems with the equipment during the certification period?
    • what is the risk if the equipment fails?
    • on balance, is the equipment safe for continued operation?

    We expect clear, accurate and comprehensive documentation of these considerations to be started, maintained, and available for inspection by anyone in that workplace, including an equipment inspector or certifier. This documentation should also be available for a WorkSafe inspector. 

    Where PCBUs are satisfied they have done all that’s reasonably practicable to obtain certification – but are unable to do so due to alert level four circumstances – the equipment may remain in service until inspection and re-certification services are available. This is on the basis that the equipment remains safe to use. We would like PCBUs in this situation to inform WorkSafe they are doing so at technicall@worksafe.govt.nz  

    Certificates of inspection must not be issued by inspection bodies if physical inspections have not taken place.  


  • 26 Mar 2020 5:12 PM | Rodney Grant (Administrator)

    What does this approach mean for third-party audit regimes?

    Some businesses may be required to have equipment or processes audited or approved by third parties.

    The overriding principle is that if the equipment or procedure has been maintained and continues to meet substantive work health and safety requirements, work doesn’t need to stop simply because a certificate cannot be issued due to the constraints imposed by alert level 4. However, PCBUs must actively check to ensure that equipment is safe and compliant. Responsible PCBUs will have been doing this anyway, but they must be additionally vigilant if the regular third party approval cannot reasonably be obtained.

    We are currently developing detailed guidance about what this means in practice and will update this page over the coming days with this information.



  • 26 Mar 2020 12:17 PM | Rodney Grant (Administrator)

    We have just received an update, this original post has been added to!

    "Worksafe has just updated the bulletin detailing our expectations during level 4 lockdown times

    https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/alert-level-4-whats-worksafes-approach/

    Additional advice and detail on our expectations for PECPR equipment with an expiring certificate during the period is now available."

    Worksafe has just released a bulletin detailing their expectations during level 4 lockdown times

    https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/alert-level-4-whats-worksafes-approach/

    The piece that most affects our industry and that of our association / clients;

     What does this approach mean for third party audit regimes?

    Some businesses may be required to have equipment or processes audited or approved by third parties.

    The overriding principle is that if the equipment or procedure has been maintained and continues to meet substantive work health and safety requirements, work doesn’t need to stop simply because a certificate cannot be issued due to the constraints imposed by alert level 4. However, PCBUs must actively check to ensure that equipment is safe and compliant. Responsible PCBUs will have been doing this anyway, but they must be additionally vigilant if the regular third party approval cannot reasonably be obtained.

    We are currently developing detailed guidance about what this means in practice and will update this page over the coming days with this information.

    In short currently regulatory regimes are maintained however WorkSafe understands there may be difficulties complying under level 4 conditions

    Specific detail for PECPR equipment will be added to their website in the coming days


  • 23 Mar 2020 12:05 PM | Rodney Grant (Administrator)

    As you are all well aware by now of the changes affecting your business that have been released today and once again your in-box goes crazy with information relating to COVID-19, we are working hard in the background to keep you abreast of changes that affect you in the EWP Industry.
    The status of level 3 and moving to level 4 within 48hrs, we are working with HIANZ, putting together information that matches our industry and will help you going forward.
    We have sent an urgent request for clarification and a plead to government to establish the Hire and EWP Industry as an Essential Service so that you may continue to operate. This was sent earlier today, and I suspect we will not have an answer on this today. I will keep you informed as I know more.
    We are putting together supporting information to help you in your businesses. Please see the HIANZ website (click here) for this information. This site will be continually updated and will post news/messages on the website to keep you informed and not fill your in-box with too much stuff. The HIANZ website will hold all the relevant information for you.
    I have contacted Trudy and Danny at Employment Lawyers for urgent clarification on how to deal with staff as we move through the next levels of restriction placed on us by the Government.
    I have also contacted David Chow for similar advice regarding your insurance.
    RIGHT NOW, IT IS OF HIGHEST IMPORTANCE YOU ARE TALKING TO TWO GROUPS –
    STAFF
    YOUR BANKING CONTACT/ FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS.

    Both groups are going to be very important to you as business owners over the next few weeks.
     
    STAFF:
    Get a conversation going asap with the team about how you are planning to comply with the requirement to shut down for the four-week period. (Note that we are asking for clarification that the industry is considered essential and that you may be able to operate- more on this on the website). There is some good information on dealing with staff in our supporting information that will be up on the website tonight.
     
    BANKS AND FINANCIERS: 
    Very important you are communicating with them as well. They are going to help you ride through this time. They are going to be the ones that will assist you in keeping costs to a minimum through the shutdown but be able to re-open and chase every opportunity when the time comes.
     
    I can’t stress the importance of keeping an upbeat, positive mindset on all this. You will fight better with a level head and if you can look out to the end of this period and the regrowth opportunity that will come, you will be far better equipped to deal with the issues you have at hand.
     
    We wish you all the best, please feel free to contact us if you need help with anything. Keep an eye on the HIANZ  for updates and all the supporting information we can gather for you.

  • 24 Aug 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    This EWPA Bulletin covers the minimum requirement of personnel who are required to carry out six-monthly inspections and issue certifications on MEWP’s. It is the stance of the EWPA Board that only CBIP qualified inspectors, and Manufacturers Employees who have been formally trained to the same or higher level of competency as CBIP Level 1 for inspection, can inspect and certify MEWP’s.   Downlaod full bulletin below.

    Six-Monthly Inspections - Minimum Standards.pdf

  • 20 Aug 2017 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    WorkSafe has received a number of enquiries about the acceptable standards of design, manufacture, testing and stability testing of new, and used machines imported into New Zealand after 22 October 2015.

    To clarify the requirements stated in section 4.1 of the Best Practice Guidelines, it is WorkSafe’s expectation that all imported:

    – new machines will comply to AS/NZS 1418.10 (current)
    – used machines will comply to AS 1418.10 (applicable to year of manufacture).

    Both standards above do not preclude the use of materials, designs, methods of assembly or procedures, and the like, that do not comply with the specific requirements of that standard, if they achieve equivalent or superior safety outcomes to those specified and as such these may also be utilised.

    – For example crush protection, not currently specified in the standard but specified in other international standards, could be fitted as an upgrade.

    Download Clarification Document 


  • 07 Dec 2016 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Please note that the following draft is open for public comment:

    Draft Number:

    AS/NZS 1418.10:2011 Amd 1

    Title:

    Cranes Hoists and Winches – Part 10 Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

    Project Committee:

    ME-005 Cranes

    Public Comment Closing Date:

    08/02/2017 23:59

    You can view the draft and any incoming comments here after entering your Standards Hub login details only if you are a member of standards. All comments are to be submitted on the Standards Hub. Follow the link above, login and select the “New Comment” button.

    If you are not a standards memberplease review the attached link and provide any feedback to me to be included in the Associations submission on members behalf. Close off for feedback to the EWPA is 20th January 2017.

    DR AS NZS 1418.10-2011 Amd 1-2016 Cranes hoists and winches - Mobile elevating work platforms.pdf


  • 10 Sep 2016 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    The committee meeting ME-005-10 for Australian Standard 1418.10 Cranes, hoists and winches Part 10: Mobile elevating work platforms, took place on 2-3 August in Brisbane. ME-005-10 has approved the Draft Amendment to be issued for public comment. The Draft will now be processed and submitted to ME-005 for approval to issue for Public Comment. It is expected to issue the Draft for public comment in October 2016 and the EWPA will update members when this takes place.

  • 18 Nov 2015 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The EWPA are pleased to advise industry that the REVOCATION of the Approved Code of Practice for Power-Operated Elevating Work Platforms is now complete.

    The ACOP was superseded by the Best Practice Guidelines for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms in August 2014.

    It is important all of industry recognise this important change, and the existence of the Industry Best Practice Guidelines.  Please share this announcement when and where appropriate.

    A copy of the official notice of revocation can be viewed here.  


  • 28 Aug 2015 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its third reading at parliament yesterday. The Bill creates a new Health and Safety at Work Act, which will come into force on 4 April 2016.

    The Bill is the first significant reform of New Zealand’s health and safety laws in 20 years and addresses the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety.

    The new law will be supported by regulations that are being developed in time for April 2016. 

    WorkSafe New Zealand will provide information to businesses and workers of the changes before the law comes into force.

    Until the Act comes into effect in April 2016, the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 remains in force.

    Read the Government’s press release on the Beehive website

    For more information about the new law visit WorkSafe New Zealand’s website


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