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Hazardous Area Responsibilities

The plant owner has numerous responsibilities related to hazardous areas. These responsibilities are stated in AS/NZS 60079.2017 book 14 and 17, and include:

  • Ensuring that systems are in place so that all hazardous areas are correctly identified and documented.
  • Ensuring that systems are in place so that electrical equipment in hazardous areas is correctly selected, installed, tested, inspected and maintained.
  • Ensuring that people employed to action hazardous area work are competent
  • Providing physical and financial resources to ensure that the hazardous area installations are safe.

 

The employee also has certain responsibilities related to hazardous areas.
These include:

  • Only actioning tasks which they are competent to do.
  • Completing the tasks in accordance with the applicable standards and regulations.

 

Plant owners and employees with hazardous area issues can obtain assistance from numerous sources including:

  • In-house experts
  • External specialist consultants
  • Standards Australia