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Storage and handling of dangerous goods

Details about notification requirements for occupiers storing and handling dangerous goods at their facilities or workplace.

Date: June 1, 2013
Keycode: 055/01/06.13
Publication type: Information About
Industries: Manufacturing
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This information provides details about notification requirements for occupiers storing and handling dangerous goods at their facilities or workplace.Occupiers must notify WorkSafe within 14 days of storing or handling dangerous goods that exceed the manifest quantities in the regulations.

Storage and handling of dangerous goods

Notification requirements for occupiers storing and handling dangerous goods

WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) regulates the storage and handling of dangerous goods under the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act) and the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 (Regulations).

Due to the risks to health and safety from the storage and handling of dangerous goods, occupiers are required to notify WorkSafe about the amount of dangerous goods they store and handle above specified quantities.

WorkSafe does not 'approve' notifications. Notifications assist WorkSafe to identify potential high risk sites for prevention activities including auditing, monitoring and assessing compliance with the requirements of the DG Act and the Regulations. Information about the location and type of dangerous goods listed in a notification may also be released to government agencies responsible for the delivery of emergency services.

Notification requirements

Occupiers of sites where dangerous goods are stored and handled in quantities that exceed the manifest quantities listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations must notify WorkSafe of the presence of those dangerous goods (for details on notifiable quantities, see the table on the next page). There are no notification requirements for quantities of dangerous goods that are stored and handled at less than the manifest quantities listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations.

When notifying WorkSafe, occupiers must:

  • provide all the required information in WorkSafe's Notification of Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling  form and submit the form to WorkSafe
  • notify WorkSafe within 14 calendar days of storing or handling the dangerous goods that exceed the manifest quantities listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations, and
  • provide further notification to WorkSafe every five years, or at such longer intervals if specified by WorkSafe.

Although not required, it is recommended that occupiers advise WorkSafe when they no longer store notifiable quantities of dangerous goods.

 

What happens after notification?

WorkSafe will:

  • check the notification for completeness and compliance with the Regulations
  • send a written acknowledgment of receipt of the notification to the occupier, generally within 30 days
  • advise the occupier of any further information required if the notification is incomplete, and
  • send a written reminder to the occupier before a further notification is due (every five years).

WorkSafe inspections

WorkSafe may inspect notified storage and handling sites based on the:

  • types and quantities of dangerous goods present
  • activities carried out with the dangerous goods
  • occupier's safety performance including any incidents or enforcement action
  • possible consequences of an incident at the site, and
  • need to review sites from all industry sectors and hazard levels.

During regular workplace inspections, WorkSafe will check that sites with dangerous goods exceeding the manifest quantities in Schedule 2 of the Regulations have already lodged their notification.

Additional information

  • Occupiers should contact WorkSafe if the service level timeframes to acknowledge a notification have not been met.
  • Occupiers of sites storing and handling dangerous goods may also have obligations to notify WorkSafe under Division 7 of Part 5.2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (OHS Regulations) if they are also operators of a facility at which Schedule 9 hazardous materials are present or likely to be present in quantities specified in that Schedule (major hazard facilities).

Reporting sites not in compliance

An individual who suspects that the storage and handling of dangerous goods doesn't comply with the Regulations should contact WorkSafe.

 

Item

Description of Dangerous Goods

Packing Group

Notify WorkSafe if you exceed  these quantities

1

Class 2.1

N/A

5,000 L

 

Class 2.2 Subsidiary Risk 5.1

N/A

10,000L

 

Class 2.2 Other

N/A

10,000L

 

Class 2.3

N/A

500L

 

Aerosols

N/A

10,000L

 

Cryogenic fluids

N/A

10,000L

2

Class 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 or 8

I

500
kg or L

 

Class 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 or 8

II

2,500
kg or L

 

Class 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 or 8

III

10,000
kg or L

 

Class 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 or 8

See Note 1

10,000
kg or L

3

Class 9

II

10,000
kg or L

 

Class 9

III

10,000
kg or L

 

Class 9

See Note 2

10,000
kg or L

 

 

Item

Description of Dangerous Goods

Packing Group

Notify WorkSafe if you exceed  these quantities

4

Mixed Classes of dangerous goods where none of the Classes, types, or Packing Groups (if any) present exceed the quantities specified for the relevant quantity in Items 1, 2 and 3 of this Table

N/A

10,000
kg or L

5

C1 combustible liquids stored and handled with fire risk dangerous goods where none of the Classes, types or Packaging Groups (if any) present exceed the relevant quantities in Items 1, 2 or 3 of this Table

N/A

10,000
kg or L

6

Goods too dangerous to be transported that are not kept in a laboratory

N/A

0kg or L

7

C1 combustible liquids (in bulk or in packages) stored and handled in isolation from other dangerous goods

N/A

100,000 L

 

C1 combustible liquids (in bulk and in packages) stored and handled in isolation from other dangerous goods, provided the quantity in bulk is 10,000 L or less

N/A

100,000 L

NOTE 1: Mixed Packing Groups in a single Class with the quantity of each Packing Group below the specified quantity for the Packing Group.

NOTE 2: Mixed Packing Groups in Class 9 with the quantity of each Packing Group below the specified quantity for the Packing Group

NOTE: Where Class 9 dangerous goods do not have a Packing Group assigned to them, they are taken to be assigned to Packing Group III.


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