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Incidents at major hazard facilities

Incidents at major hazard facilities are reportable under the OHS Act if they meet the definitions outlined in the Act. Duties to preserve the site also apply if an incident occurs. Incidents requiring notification include a range of scenarios including if a person requires medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance, or if there is escape, spillage or leakage of any substance including dangerous goods or an implosion, explosion or fire occurs.

Major incidents are defined in the OHS Regulations 2017 and fall within the Act notification duties. A summary of major incidents and notifiable incidents that have occurred at the facility over the previous 5 years must be included in the facility's safety case.

The Incident categorisation criterion is:

Serious
  • Potential for a major incident through the release of Schedule 9 materials or the failure of major incident controls
  • Potential for a fatality
Significant
  • Involved quantities of Dangerous Goods in excess of 10,000 litres
  • The failure of major incident controls did not have the potential for a fatality
  • The injury required admission to hospital
Minor
  • Involved quantities of Dangerous Goods below 10,000 litres
  • The failure of major incident controls did not have the potential for hospitalisation
  • The injury did not require hospitalisation