Owners and operators of Ports in have an obligation to comply with the relevant legislation applicable on their site. In Queensland, for most operating sites the relevant legislation is the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011. The legislation is uniform over other jurisdictions in Australia. Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 specifies the way in which a duty under the Act must be performed. The guiding principle is that
people are given the highest level of protection arising from hazards, so far as is reasonably practicable.
This requires a robust process to manage the risks present in the operation and to eliminate or minimize them. Four key areas have been identified as being critical to achieving the objectives of an asset management program for bulk port equipment, and compliance with legislative requirements.
- Physical condition
- Compliance with regulations and standards
- Protection systems
- Change management