Dangerous goods in the snowfields risk control checklist

Duty holders can use this checklist to assist in the identification and control of risks associated with storing and handling dangerous goods at the snowfields.


Green season (pre-season) activities

Identification and notification of dangerous goods

  • All dangerous goods stored and handled in and around resort have been identified
  • WorkSafe Victoria has been notified of all dangerous goods stored or handled in excess of manifest quantity
  • Register of dangerous goods is up to date, readily accessible and accompanied by the current Safety Data Sheet (SDS) where required
  • SDS for hazardous substances and dangerous goods are readily accessible

Risk management and emergency response

  • Sensors and safety alarms on artificial snowmaking plant are fitted, tested and appropriately calibrated
  • White season risk management plan has been prepared/reviewed, including:
    • Emergency plan
    • Emergency communication information
    • Warden structure
    • Emergency incident notification process
    • Evacuation diagrams
    • Consultation with Fire Rescue Victoria/Country Fire Authority
  • Emergency drills conducted

Dangerous goods security

  • All dangerous goods are stored in secure compounds or stores
  • All workers entering dangerous goods compounds or stores are appropriately authorised and trained
  • Locks are fitted to all dangerous goods compounds/stores, and used when area is unattended
  • Processes are in place for supervision of visitors to dangerous goods compounds or stores

Safety and emergency signage

  • Flammable liquid/gas warning signs are in place
  • Toxic gas warning signs are in place on artificial snowmaking plant and anhydrous ammonia stores
  • Appropriate placarding is in place on all bulk tanks and package stores
  • Ignitions warning signs such as ‘NO SOURCES OF IGNITION WITHIN 6 METRES’ are in place
  • Evacuation routes and assembly points signposted
  • Evacuation maps/diagram up to date and readily accessible

Labelling of dangerous goods

  • All packaged dangerous goods are labelled with compliant labels
  • Bulk containers are labelled with appropriate placards


All persons involved in the storage and handling of dangerous goods are trained in:

  • Risks associated with dangerous goods
  • Safe handling of dangerous goods
  • Use of firefighting equipment
  • Correct use of PPE as outlined in SDS
  • Emergency notification and communication procedures
  • Evacuation procedures

White season (snow season) activities

General dangerous goods safety

  • Fuel is stored in a designated area
  • Access to fuel compound is kept clear
  • Only dangerous goods that are compatible are stored together
  • Ignition sources are not permitted within 6m of flammable liquids
  • Signage prohibiting eating and drinking in the fuel area is in place
  • Fuel storage areas are protected from impact
  • Spill kits are provided within 15m of fuel storage areas
  • Firefighting equipment is installed at dangerous goods storage and handling areas
  • Safety showers and eye wash stations are provided where required
  • Safety showers and eyes wash have been tested

LPG cylinder storage and handling

  • Cylinders are only changed by trained staff
  • Cylinders secure and restrained
  • Gas cylinders are stored in well ventilated areas
  • Cylinders are stored away from other dangerous goods and flammable materials
  • All cylinders, hoses and regulators have been inspected
  • Signage prohibiting smoking near cylinder store is in place
  • Cylinder storage areas are protected from impact

Fuel storage areas

  • Fuel is only stored in approved packaging
  • All ignition sources have been removed from areas where flammable liquids/gas are stored
  • Static electricity is minimised by the use of earthing of fuel tank and / or anti-static mats
  • Spill containment is in place for the volume of the largest container
  • Spill kits are provided and workers are trained in their use
  • Workers are trained in emergency actions in the event of a spill including waste disposal of used spill kits
  • Safety showers are installed in accordance with standard and are located in appropriate positions so they can be accessed within 10 seconds, where applicable
  • Safety showers have been tested
  • Eye wash stations are installed in accordance with standard and are located in appropriate positions so they can be accessed within 10 seconds
  • Eye wash stations have been tested
  • Fire extinguishers are installed and accessible

End of white season activities

  • Lessons learned discussed and recorded
  • Incident debriefs undertaken
  • All records appropriately archived
  • Preventative maintenance schedule for green season settled

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