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Free Scissor Lift Risk Assessment Template

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Scissor lift risk assessment templatePurpose of Document

Scissor Lift risk assessment templates are used to identify and assess the risks of scissor lifts. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness through effective hazard identification and risk assessment processes. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

This plant risk assessment should be completed by a competent person in consultation with workers who use the plant.

This document is a template only and it must be customised for your business. Other aspects that may need to be considered include, but are not limited to, ensuring that:

  • Relevant legal requirements have been met,
  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

When to Use

Plant risk assessments should be completed prior to the plant being used within your business.

Who Should Use

Plant risk assessments can be completed by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other competent person in your organisation. It should be completed in consultation with workers and other relevant personnel.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to complete a documented plant risk assessment. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)b WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Plant and Structures
  • s(34) WHS Regulations – Duty to Identify Hazards
  • s(78) WHS Regulations – Duty to Manage Risk of Falls
  • s(203) WHS Regulations – Management of Risks to Health and Safety (PCBUs with management or control of plant)

The Code of Practice “Managing risks of plant in the workplace” also recommends the use of a documented hazard identification / risk assessment process.

There is also a Code of Practice for “Managing the risk of falls at workplaces“.


What is plant?

Plant in the context of workplace safety refers to machinery, equipment, appliances, containers, implements, and tools, including their components or anything connected to them.

What is not plant?

Plant that relies exclusively on manual power for its operation and is designed to be primarily supported by hand, for example a screwdriver, is not covered by the WHS Regulations.

What hazards are involved in scissor lift use?

Many hazards exist in scissor lift operation, for example:

  • Fall from heights
  • Overhead and electrical hazards
  • Rollover
  • Plant / people interaction
  • Crush points
  • Collisions with other plant

Do you need a license to operate a scissor lift?

Legally, you only require a license to operate “high-risk plant” (usually). For other types of plant or equipment, the level of training provided should be suitable considering “the nature of the work, the nature of the risks and the control measures required” – WHS regulations s(39). That is, for plant that poses no or minimal risks, there may be very little training required. As the risks of the plant increases, the requirement for training also increases.

Workers can complete CPCCCM3001 – Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres and RIIWHS204E – Work safely at heights to help demonstrate competence and meet legal duties.

Article Sources and Further Reading

  1. Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of plant in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) <>
  2. Plant and machinery (Safe Work Australia) <>
  3. Elevating work platforms (Safe Work Australia) <>
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