National Guidelines


Background: Concrete Pumping Association of Australia being the national body representing the interests of the concrete pumping industry through the National Management Committee adopted strategic industry plan committing to the development of a National Concrete Pumping Industry Guidelines (PumpSafe) to better manage education, information dissemination and engagement industry stakeholders.

Motivation for Project: AS 2550.15 (1994) is currently under review through Standards Australia Technical Committee ME091.  The Association is leading the process which started in late 2016.  Between 1999-2005 a number of State Work Safe Authorities (SWS) and Non- Government Organisations (NGO’s) published State speciļ¬c requirements or guidelines for the safe operation, cleaning and maintenance of concrete placing equipment.  In part, each published document has lead to increased confusion and conflict with AS 2550.15, further fragmentating operating practices for concrete placing equipment across Australia. The aim of the project is to review, develop, consult, adopt and publish a nationally consistent guideline on the safe operation, cleaning and maintenance of concrete placing equipment.

Project stages: Take responsibility for the industry leadership where none currently exists,  through the cooperative development of these guidelines we can provide clear and unambiguous guidance on industry expectations.  Working Group has been formed.  Tasks and (status);

  • Develop clear scope and budget (finished/approved)
  • Reviewing/comparing current international, national and state adopted standards/guidelines/practices, identifying consistencies/inconsistencies (finished)
  • Undertake consultation with major manufacturers and distributors (finished)
  • Develop consultation 'draft' National Concrete Pumping Industry Guidelines and conduct information forum (finished)
  • Identifying and secure State Work Safe Authorities (SWS) regulators and Non- Government Organisations (NGO) involvement and endorsement (ongoing)
  • Developing education campaign to raise awareness and promote best practice (ongoing)


 Date  Description
 May 2015      Project, scope, budget and leader approved by National Management Committee
 Aug 2015 Project reviewed.  Extensive consultation requests with major manufacturers and distributors.  Initial committee draft approved for wider consultation
 Nov 2015                   Association conducts a Member Forum to review the proposed structure and contents of the Draft V1 National Concrete Pumping Guidelines
 Dec 2015 CPAA Draft Guidelines open for public comment until 24 Dec 2015
 Jan 2016 Submitted public comments are being consolidated, reviewed and incorporated into Draft V1 National Concrete Pumping Guidelines.
 May 2016 Working Group meeting for the National Concrete Pumping Guidelines
 June 2016 Standards Australia Kick Off ME091 Technical Committee for AS 2550.15
 Jan 2017  Guidelines Submitted to Standards Australia for 12-month review.
 Jan 2018        Standards Australia return Submitted Guidelines to Working Group for final review before publishing.



The current standard recommends that pumpers use a logbook for daily and monthly record keeping and safety purposes. The annual inspections, which are to be conducted by a certified inspector, will refer to the logbooks as a part of their inspection to determine if the pump requires any parts changed or repaired.  AS2550.15 also highlights that on the 6 year anniversary of the pump’s purchase date it is to undergo a major inspection. 

One of the many changes to AS2550.15 that is currently under review is the Major inspection instrument. The sub-committee proposed that the Major inspections should be based on the cubic meters of concrete that the equipment has pumped. Another proposal is that after 6 years the pump does not have to be stripped, but must be inspected by a competent person to determine if the pump needs to be stripped. This process is continued annually until the tenth year when the pump must then undergo major inspection. 


Australian Standard for Concrete Placing Equipment

This Australian Standard specifies the requirements for the safe use of concrete placing equipment. The design, construction, testing and specific requirements of concrete placing equipment are given in AS 1418.15 and the general requirements are specified in AS 1418.1. This Standard is complementary to AS 2550.1, but the requirements of AS 2550.15 shall take precedence over corresponding requirements. 

The Concrete Pumping Association of Australia is a member of Technical Committee ME005 and ME091 responsible for AS 2550.15 Cranes - Safe Use Part 15: Concrete Placing Equipment and referenced documents.  

The Standards listed below covers specific requirements for the safe use of concrete placing equipment and is intended for use in conjunction with AS 2550.1 Cranes - Safe Use Part 1: General requirements.  

AS 2550.15 Cranes - Safe Use Part 15: Concrete Placing Equipment specifies the requirements which apply to concrete placing equipment. Additional requirements are covered by subsequent parts.

AS 2550.15-1994 Cranes - Safe Use Part 15: Concrete Placing Equipment (Current)

Referenced documents

  • AS 1055 - Acoustics-Description and measurement of environment noise
  • AS 1055.2 - Part 2: Application to specific situations
  • AS 1171 - Methods for magnetic particle testing of ferromagnetic products and components
  • AS 1269 - Acoustics - Hearing Conservation
  • AS 1418 - Cranes (including hoists and winches)
  • AS 1418.1 - Part 1: General requirements
  • AS 1418.15 - Part 15: Concrete placing equipment
  • AS 1554 - Structural steel welding (known as the SAA Structural Steel Welding Code)
  • AS 2207 - Methods for the ultrasonic testing of fusion welded joints in steel
  • AS 2452 - Non-destructive testing - Determination of thickness
  • AS 2452.3 - Part 3: Use of ultrasonic testing
  • AS 2549 - Cranes-Glossary of terms
  • AS 2550 - Cranes - Safe use
  • AS 2550.1 - Part 1: General requirements
  • AS 3000 - Electrical installations - Building, structures and premises (known as the SAA Wiring Rules)
  • AS 3012 - Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites
  • NOHSC (National Occupational Health and Safety Commission)
  • AS 1007 National Standard for occupational noise

For more information visit Australian Standards website

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