Notification and determination process
Major hazard facilities (MHFs) are industrial sites that store, handle or process large quantities of chemicals and dangerous goods.
To ensure all MHFs are properly identified, the regulations require operators of dangerous goods sites notify WorkSafe Victoria in certain circumstances.
Details on when operators must notify WorkSafe and the process we follow in determining a site to be an MHF can be found in the following guidance notes.
Preparing a safety case
To obtain a licence to operate a MHF in Victoria, operators are required to submit a safety case to WorkSafe that sets out how the facility will be operated safely.
These guidance notes will help operators, their employees and those with the responsibility for developing a safety case to understand the safety case regime, in particular, how to plan the development of a successful safety case.
The following guidance notes cover specific duties placed on MHF operators by the OHS regulations. These include identification of all potential major incidents (R368), adoption of risk control measures (R371) and preparation of an emergency plan for the facility (R375).
WorkSafe has developed these additional guidance notes for MHF operators to assist with the safe operation of their facilities.
Performance standards and indicators
The role of fire studies at major hazard facilities
Protection of property
Management of change at a major hazard facility
Management of electrical equipment in hazardous areas at major hazard facilities
Reporting loss of containment incidents at major hazard facilities
National Major Hazard Facilities forum presentations
Land use planning near a major hazard facility
Application for a licence to operate a major hazard facility
Licenced and registered major hazard facilities
Explosives licence: Manufacture, store, sell or import
What to register and when to notify WorkSafe