Code of practice: The storage and handling of dangerous goods

This code of practice provides practical guidance on how to comply with your obligations under Victoria’s occupational health and safety legislation for the safe storage and handling of dangerous goods.
Last updated

Jun 2021

Reading level

medium

File type and size

PDF, 5.5 MB

Document length

76 pages

Please note

The Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Interim Regulations 2021(Interim Explosive Regulations) came into effect on 20 June 2021. The Interim Explosives Regulations will be in place for 12 months until 19 June 2022. The Interim Explosives Regulations are largely based on and reflect, the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011, with limited modifications.

The Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Amendment (Notification) Regulations 2021 come into effect on 1 July 2021 (Notification Regulations).

This information has not yet been updated to reference, or reflect any changes introduced by, the Interim Explosive Regulations or Notification Regulations. Complying with the guidance after 20 June 2021 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Interim Explosives Regulations and after 1 July 2021 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Notification Regulations. Information on the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and associated regulations can be found on:

What it contains

If your work involves the storage and handling of dangerous goods, there are specific duties and obligations you need to comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) 2004, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS Regulations) 2017 and the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012. This code of practice gives you practical guidance on how to comply with those duties and obligations.

This information is particularly relevant for you if you’re a manufacturer or supplier of dangerous goods, or an occupier of a premise where dangerous goods are stored and handled. It is also relevant for employees and health and safety representatives at these workplaces. It uses examples and tools you can apply to your own situation.

It includes information on:

  • what dangerous goods are
  • the duties for manufacturers and suppliers of dangerous goods
  • the duties for occupiers of premises where dangerous goods are stored and handled
  • how to control risks associated with the storage and handling of dangerous goods
  • planning emergency responses
  • medical examinations and biological monitoring
  • examples and technical information about storing and handling dangerous goods

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