Plant equipment requiring registration in Queensland

Certain plant equipment in Queensland must be registered with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) to ensure safety requirements are met.

Schedule 5 (Part 2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires the following plant to be registered:

  • boilers categorised as hazard level A, B or C according to criteria in section 2.1 of AS 4343:2005 (Pressure equipment – Hazard levels)
  • 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
    • gas cylinders
    • LP gas fuel vessels for automotive use
    • serially produced vessels
    • pressure equipment excluded from the scope of AS/NZS 1200:2000 (stated in section 4(1))
  • tower cranes including self-erecting tower cranes
  • lifts, including escalators and moving walkways, except lifts installed in a private residence within the meaning of AS 1735.1:2003 (Lifts, escalators and moving walks – General requirements)
  • building maintenance units
  • amusement devices covered by section 2.1 of AS 3533.1:2009 (Amusement Rides and Devices – Design and construction), except devices and structures stated in section 4(3)
  • concrete placing booms
  • mobile cranes with a rated capacity of greater than 10t.

Certificate of registration

A certificate of registration is issued for all registered plant (fixed and mobile).

'Safe to operate' statement

All applications for plant registration must include a 'safe to operate' statement which declares that the item of plant has been inspected by a competent person and assessed by that person as being safe to operate.

A competent person who is qualified to inspect plant for the 'safe to operate' statement must have:

  • educational or vocational qualifications in an engineering discipline relevant to the plant to be inspected (except for inflatable amusement devices with platform height less than 9m)
  • knowledge of the technical standards relevant to the plant to be inspected.

A competent person who is qualified to inspect an inflatable device, continuously blown, with a platform height less than 9m must have acquired through training, qualification or experience, the knowledge and skills to inspect the plant.

The 'safe to operate' statement is sufficient unless the application is for registration of amusement devices or mobile or tower cranes in which case more detailed inspection requirements apply.

Find out more about plant registration.

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