OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 12 General Safety Precautions

Section 191 Signallers

(1) If this Code requires signals to be given by a designated signaller, an employer must designate a competent worker to give the signals.

(2) An employer must ensure that, if the designated signaller uses hand signals, the signaller wears a highly visible vest, armlet or other piece of clothing that clearly identifies the worker as a designated signaller.

(3) A designated signaller using hand signals must wear the vest, armlet or other piece of clothing required by the employer under subsection (2).

(4) Before giving a signal to proceed, a designated signaller must ensure that there are no hazards in the vicinity.

(5) An equipment operator must take signals only from the designated signaller if a signaller is designated.

(6) An employer must ensure that only one designated signaller at a time gives signals to an equipment operator.

(7) Despite subsections (5) and (6), an equipment operator must take a “STOP” signal from a worker who is not a designated signaller.

(8) Despite subsections (5) and (6), if signals cannot be transmitted properly between a designated signaller and an equipment operator, an employer must ensure that

(a) additional designated signallers are available to transmit signals, or

(b) a means of ensuring clear and complete communication other than using designated signallers is provided.