OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 311 Tampering with safeguards

This section places responsibilities on a worker who removes a safeguard or makes it ineffective. Safeguards can only be removed or made ineffective under the circumstances listed, and must be immediately replaced or reactivated once the purpose of the interruption is completed. After replacement, the safeguard must be tested to confirm that it is still effective.

A worker may need to remove or make a safeguard ineffective on equipment that is not under the worker’s direct control. When this is the case, the worker must control hazardous energy e.g. lockout, as required by Part 15. This ensures that the equipment cannot be activated through the actions of another worker.