AS 40204 Machine Safety Standards Group: Seeking Austmine Member Input
Austmine is represented on the AS 40204 Machine Safety Standards group by Craig Imrie, Rockwell Automation.
Last week the group held a meeting where they discussed several updates pertaining to the mining industry.
Craig would value some member input into their discussions and has some questions below.
Safety Equipment & Voltages
The safety standard IEC 60204-11 for safety equipment with voltages above 1,000VAC or 1,500VDC and not exceeding 36kV is being reviewed to be adopted into AS 4024 series 1.
- Is this a standard that the mining industry is already using for high voltage safety systems?
- Is this the standard that the mining industry would like adopted or is there a more relevant standard for this sector?
Adopting New Series of Standards for Safe Access
The debate over adopting the ISO 14122 series of standards is still being discussed, these standards cover the requirement for safe access to machines such as guidelines for ladders, staircases, work platforms, hand rails, etc. There is a standard that has been widely used in Australia, AS 1657, this standard provides guidance for similar aspects and is used for buildings. The committee is trying to understand if industry is currently using AS 1657 for the design of their ladders, staircases, platform on their machines and if so do they believe that the introduction of another standard series, ISO 142122, will create confusion.
- Do you use the AS 1657 standard for the design of your ladders, staircases and/or platforms on your machines?
- Do you see the need for a new standard series (ISO 142122)?
Bulk Material Conveyors Standard
The standard for bulk material conveyors, AS 4024.3611, was also discussed. There was discussion of replacing this standard with the international standard EN 619. The committee is trying to understand if this change would that be supported by the mining industry.
- Are you currently using the AS 4024.3611 standard?
- Are you happy to continue with this standard?
Pre-start Alarm System
The requirements of the pre-start alarm system was also discussed. The standard requires the pre-start alarm system to be self-monitoring.
- How are mining companies achieving this at the moment?
- Do you know if they are aware of this requirement?
If you would can provide any insights to any of the above discussion points and questions, please get in touch with Austmine at firstname.lastname@example.org.