The law imposes strict and demanding requirements on operators of MHFs to protect employees and surrounding communities.
Operators are required to prepare a Safety Case that demonstrates that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure that these facilities operate safely.
Fundamental to this process is the identification of potential major incident scenarios.
Guidance Notes are available to provide information and advice on the different components of the safety case and its development and implementation.
Coordinated Safety Cases
WorkSafe can require that MHFs located in close proximity, or with linked operations (such as by a pipeline), to develop their safety cases in coordination with one another.
Guidance Note 7 Co-ordination Between Facilities provides more information on this.
Detailed information about submitting your licence application and safety case and WorkSafe's assessment processes is provided in the Safety Case Assessment Framework.
As with all risk management processes, risks can only be controlled if the underlying hazards are first identified.
Operators must therefore conduct a detailed hazard identification and safety assessment process which investigates and analyses major incident hazards and risks and examines the potential consequences if things go wrong.
This comprehensive process helps operators to understand the events that may lead to major incidents, and is fundamental to implementing control measures and evaluating their effectiveness.