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.

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Published: 29 Jun 2021
 
File type: PDF
 
File size: 5.5 MB
 
Length: 76 pages
 
Reading level: Medium

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

Please note

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

The Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2022 (Explosive Regulations) came into effect on 18 June 2022. The Explosive Regulations are largely based on and reflect, the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011.

However, where amendments have been made to the Explosives Regulations, the amendments include:

  • improving clarity, modernising language and structure.
  • including a number of new definitions, including the new classification of propellant (class 1.4C), and additional provisions to clarify how approvals and determinations are made by the Authority (WorkSafe).

A full list of amendments incorporated into the Explosives Regulations is available on:

The information contained in this Code has not yet been updated to reference, or reflect any changes introduced by, the Notification Regulations or Explosive Regulations. Complying with the guidance after 1 July 2021 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Notification Regulations; and after 18 June 2022 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Explosives Regulations.

Information on the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and associated regulations can be found on:

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