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Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001
Repealed version for 7 June 2011 to 31 December 2011 (accessed 16 December 2019 at 11:11)
Subdivision 1 Stability and interaction with dangerous goods
174R   Stability of dangerous goods
(1)  An occupier must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the dangerous goods at the occupier’s premises do not inadvertently become unstable, decompose or change so as to:
(a)  create a hazard that is different from the hazard originally created by the dangerous goods, or
(b)  increase the risk associated with the dangerous goods.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
(2)  Without limiting subclause (1), the occupier must ensure that:
(a)  if the stability of the dangerous goods is dependent on the maintenance of levels of stabilisers, those levels are maintained as specified by the manufacturer of the dangerous goods, and
(b)  if the dangerous goods are required to be stored or handled with a particular temperature range specified by the manufacturer, they are stored or handled within that temperature range.
(3)  Subclause (2) does not apply in relation to dangerous goods that are about to be used in a manufacturing process.
(4)  In this clause, stabiliser means any substance (including any diluent, inhibitor, desensitiser, phlegmatizer, solvent, wetting agent or adulterant) added to, or present in, dangerous goods that overcomes the chemical instability inherent in the dangerous goods.
174S   Separation of dangerous goods
(1)  Without affecting the generality of clauses 11 and 36, an occupier must ensure that the risk to other dangerous goods storage or handling areas and to persons and property at or beyond the premises that arises from an incident involving dangerous goods:
(a)  is eliminated, or
(b)  if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, is controlled so far as is reasonably practicable by separation.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
(2)  In this clause, separation, in relation to the separation of dangerous goods from a person, property or thing, means the physical separation of the dangerous goods from the person, property or thing, by either distance or a physical barrier.
174T   Preventing interaction with other substances
An occupier must ensure that dangerous goods on the occupier’s premises that are not compatible with other substances (including other dangerous goods) are stored or handled separately from the other substances so that a loss of containment or any other interaction cannot cause a serious incident.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
174U   Ignition sources in hazardous areas
(1)  An occupier must ensure that ignition sources in any hazardous area within the occupier’s premises:
(a)  are eliminated, or
(b)  if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate those ignition sources, the risk arising from those sources is controlled.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
(2)  An occupier must identify any hazardous area that is within, or arises as a result of dangerous goods stored or handled at, the occupier’s premises.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
174V   Atmospheric emissions
An occupier must ensure that any risk produced by atmospheric emissions from dangerous goods that are toxic, corrosive, flammable, explosive or asphyxiant:
(a)  is eliminated, or
(b)  if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, is reduced so far as is reasonably practicable.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
Note.
 The obligation imposed by this clause is in addition to any obligations under Division 5 of Part 4.3 of Chapter 4.
174W   Preventing contamination of food and personal products
An occupier must ensure that dangerous goods on the occupier’s premises cannot contaminate food, food packaging or personal use products.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
174X   Containers for dangerous goods in bulk
An occupier of premises at which dangerous goods in bulk in a container are present must ensure that:
(a)  the container and any associated pipework are provided with stable foundations and supports, and
(b)  any pipework or equipment connected to the container is installed so as to prevent excessive stress on the container, pipework or equipment, and
(c)  the container and any associated pipework are protected from deterioration.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
174Y   Containment of spills
(1)  An occupier must ensure that, in each place at the occupier’s premises where dangerous goods are stored or handled, provision is made for containment of spills or leaks so as:
(a)  to eliminate the risk from any spill or leak of dangerous goods, or if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, reduce it so far as is reasonably practicable, and
(b)  so far as is reasonably practicable, to contain safely within the premises the dangerous goods that have been spilled or leaked and any effluent arising from an incident.
(2)  In the case of dangerous goods containment, any area or receptacle intended to contain spills or leaks must not be shared with any other substances, including other dangerous goods, that are not compatible with the dangerous goods to be contained.
(3)  In the event of a spill or leak of dangerous goods, the occupier must ensure that:
(a)  immediate action is taken to reduce any risk associated with the spill or leak so far as is reasonably practicable, and
(b)  the dangerous goods and any resulting effluent are, as soon as reasonably possible, cleaned up and disposed of or otherwise made safe.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
174Z   Transfer of dangerous goods
(1)  An occupier must ensure that any risk associated with the transfer of dangerous goods within, to or from the occupier’s premises is eliminated, or if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk, is controlled so far as is reasonably practicable.
(2)  In eliminating or controlling a risk in accordance with subclause (1), the occupier must, as relevant, have regard to:
(a)  the need for measures to:
(i)  control spills and leaks, and
(ii)  minimise static electricity, and
(iii)  control vapour generation, and
(b)  the suitability of pipework, attachments and associated safety systems at the premises with the risk elimination or control measures proposed.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.
174ZA   Impact protection
An occupier must ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that any containers, pipework, attachments, equipment containing, or associated with, of dangerous goods on the occupier’s premises are protected from physical damage resulting from activities in or on the premises, including impacts, imposed loads and mechanical stress.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.