Dangerous goods safety - codes of practice

Who issues codes of practice and standards?

Codes of practice and standards are approved and gazetted by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum under section 20 of the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004.

Codes of practice and standards issued under the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 may also apply to mining and petroleum operations and major hazard facilities.

All codes of practice and standards gazetted for use in Western Australia are available for viewing at the Resources Safety office:

1 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004
Office hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Prescribed codes of practice and standards

Some codes of practice or standards are prescriptive as they are mentioned in the regulations in their entirety, in part, or indirectly (such as, ‘refer to code of practice’). These publications are listed below under their relevant subject area(s).

Storage and handling

AS 4897 The design, installation and operation of underground petroleum storage systems is available from Standards Australia.

Transport

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7.4) is available from the National Transport Commission.

Explosives and fireworks

Safe use of outdoor fireworks in Western Australia - code of practice - 2787 Kb

This code of practice covers the safe use of outdoor firework, including firework equipment, workshop operations and events.

Western Australian theatrical fireworks - code of practice - 2340 Kb

This code of practice covers the safe manufacture, transport, storage, handling, and use of theatrical fireworks.

The latest edition of the code of practice from the Australian Explosives Industry and Safety Group Inc. (AEISG) (formerly Australian Explosives Manufacturers Safety Committee) is available here with AEISG’s permission.

The following Australian Standards are available from Standards Australia.

  • AS 2187.0 Explosives - Storage, transport and use - Terminology
  • AS 2187.1 Explosives - Storage, transport and use - Storage
  • AS 2187.2 Explosives - Storage and use - Use of explosives

Approved codes of practice and standards

The approved codes and standards have been listed under their publisher.

Resources Safety Division

You can search for codes of practice in the Guidance area and download them as a PDF.

Some dangerous goods safety publications are available free of charge. You can Request hard copies of safety publications.

Safe Work Australia

The National code of practice for the control of major hazard facilities [NOHSC: 2016 (1996)], originally published by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC), is available from Safe Work Australia.

National guidance notes supporting the COAG agreement of 25 June 2004 against terrorism use of ammonium nitrate

Ammonium nitrate guidance note No.1 - Transport - 88 Kb

The following National guidance note supports the COAG agreement of 25 June 2004 against inappropriate use of ammonium nitrate.

Ammonium nitrate guidance note No.2 - Storage - 48 Kb

This guidance note on the safe and secure storage of ammonium nitrate.

Ammonium nitrate guidance note No.3 - Agricultural Use - 92 Kb

The following National guidance note supports the COAG agreement of 25 June 2004 against inappropriate use of ammonium nitrate.

Australian Explosives Industry and Safety Group

The latest edition codes of practice from the Australian Explosives Industry and Safety Group Inc. (AEISG) (formerly Australian Explosives Manufacturers Safety Committee) are available here with AEISG’s permission.

Code of practice - Storage and handling of UN3375 - 840 Kb

The goal of the AEISG is to continuously improve the level of safety throughout our industry in the manufacture, transport, storage, handling and use of, precursors and explosives in commercial blasting throughout Australia.

Code of practice - Blast guarding in an open cut mining environment - 389 Kb

The goal of the AEISG is to continuously improve the level of safety throughout our industry in the manufacture, transport, storage, handling and use of, precursors and explosives in commercial blasting throughout Australia.

Code of practice - Elevated temperature and reactive ground - 1160 Kb

The goal of the AEISG is to continuously improve the level of safety throughout our industry in the manufacture, transport, storage, handling and use of, precursors and explosives in commercial blasting throughout Australia.

Code of practice - Mobile processing units - 1490 Kb

The goal of the AEISG is to continuously improve the level of safety throughout our industry in the manufacture, transport, storage, handling and use of, precursors and explosives in commercial blasting throughout Australia.

Code of practice - Prevention and management of blast generated NOx gases in surface blasting - 587 Kb

The goal of the AEISG is to continuously improve the level of safety throughout our industry in the manufacture, transport, storage, handling and use of, precursors and explosives in commercial blasting throughout Australia.

Code of practice - Segregation barriers for transporting mixed loads of detonators and high explosives - 670 Kb

The goal of the AEISG is to continuously improve the level of safety throughout our industry in the manufacture, transport, storage, handling and use of, precursors and explosives in commercial blasting throughout Australia.

Center for Chemical Process Safety

Layer of Protection Analysis: Simplified Process Risk Assessment can be purchased from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Standards Australia

The following Australian Standards are available from Standards Australia.

AS/NZS 1020 The control of undesirable static electricity

  • AS 1210 Pressure vessels
  • AS 1345 Identification of the contents of pipes, conduits and ducts
  • AS 1375 Industrial fuel-fired appliances
  • AS 1530.4 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures - Fire-resistance test of elements of construction
  • AS/NZS 1596 The storage and handling of LP Gas
  • AS/NZS 1677.2 Refrigerating systems – Part 2: Safety requirements for fixed applications
  • AS 1692 Steel tanks for flammable and combustible liquids
  • AS/NZS 1716 Respiratory protective devices
  • AS 1768 Lightning protection
  • AS/NZS 1850 Portable fire extinguishers – classification, rating and performance testing
  • AS 1851 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment
  • AS 1894 The storage and handling of non-flammable cryogenic and refrigerated liquids
  • AS 1915 Electric equipment for explosive atmospheres – Battery operated vehicles
  • AS 1939 Degrees of protection provided by enclosures of electrical equipment (IP code)
  • AS 1940 – (2004 edition) The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids
  • AS/NZS 2022 Anhydrous ammonia – Storage and handling
  • AS/NZS 2106 Methods for the determination of the flashpoint of flammable liquids (closed cup) – Abel closed cup method
  • AS 2118 Automatic fire sprinkler systems – General systems
  • AS 2187.1 Explosives – Storage, transport and use – Storage
  • AS 2337 Gas cylinder test stations (all parts)
  • AS 2359 Powered industrial trucks (all parts), including part 12 Hazardous areas
  • AS 2441 Installation of fire hose reels
  • AS 2507 The storage and handling of agricultural and veterinary chemicals
  • AS 2714 The storage and handling of organic peroxides
  • AS 2809 Road tank vehicles for dangerous goods (all Parts)
  • AS 2832 Cathodic protection of metals (all parts)
  • AS 2865 Confined spaces
  • AS 2885 Pipelines - Gas and liquid petroleum (all parts)
  • AS 2896 Medical gas systems – Installation and testing of non-flammable medical gas pipeline systems
  • AS/NZS 2906 Fuel containers – Portable – plastic and metal
  • AS/NZS 2927 The storage and handling of liquefied chlorine gas
  • AS 3745 Planning for emergencies in facilities
  • AS 3780 The storage and handling of corrosive substances
  • AS/NZS 3788 Pressure equipment – In-service inspection
  • AS/NZS 3833 The storage and handling of mixed classes of dangerous goods in packages and intermediate bulk containers
  • AS 3846 The handling and transport of dangerous cargoes in port areas
  • AS 3873 Pressure equipment – Operation and maintenance
  • AS 3961 The storage and handling of liquefied natural gas
  • AS 3978 Non-destructive testing – visual inspection of metal products and components
  • AS 4041 Pressure piping
  • AS/NZS 4081 The storage and handling of liquid and liquefied polyfunctional isocyanates
  • AS 4289 Oxygen and acetylene gas reticulation systems
  • AS 4326 The storage and handling of oxidizing agents
  • AS 4332 The storage and handling of gases in cylinders
  • AS/NZS 4452 The storage and handling of toxic substances
  • AS/NZS 4645.2 Gas distribution networks – Steel pipe systems
  • AS/NZS 4681 Storage and handling of Class 9 (miscellaneous) dangerous goods and articles
  • AS/NZS 4745 Code of practice for handling combustible dusts
  • ?AS 4775 Emergency eye wash and shower equipment
  • AS/NZS 4801 Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification with guidance for use
  • AS 4839 The safe use of portable and mobile oxy-fuel gas systems for welding, cutting, heating and allied processes
  • AS 4971 Inspection and integrity monitoring of large steel vertical petroleum storage tanks
  • AS 4976 The removal and disposal of underground petroleum storage tanks
  • AS 4977 Petroleum products – Pipeline, road tanker compartment and underground tank identification
  • AS 4979 Flammable and combustible liquids – Precautions against electrostatic ignition during tank vehicle loading
  • AS/NZS 5026 The storage and handling of Class 4 dangerous goods
  • AS 5092 CNG refuelling stations
  • AS/NZS ISO 31000 Risk management – Principles and guidelines
  • AS/NZS 60079.10.1 Explosive atmospheres – Classification of areas – Explosive gas atmospheres
  • AS/NZS 60079 Explosive atmospheres (all parts)
  • AS 61508 Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems (all parts)
  • AS IEC 61511.1 Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector – Framework, definitions, systems, hardware and software requirements
  • AS IEC 61511.2 Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector – Guidelines for the application of AS IEC 61511.1
  • AS IEC 61511.3 Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector – Guidance for the determination of the required safety integrity levels

Subsection 11.2(b) of AS 1940 does not apply as it is in conflict with regulation 73 (fire protection) of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives Regulations 2007).

AS 4326 is not applicable to solid ammonium nitrate. Refer to the Department’s code of practice available for the safe storage of solid ammonium nitrate.

Asia Industrial Gases Association

The following codes of practice are available from Asia Industrial Gases Association.

  • AIGA 051/08 Code of Practice Phosphine (harmonised publication)
  • AIGA 050/08 Code of Practice Arsine (harmonised publication)
  • AIGA 081/13 Safe practices for the storage and handling of nitrous oxide (harmonised publications)
  • AIGA 022/13 Code of Practice Acetylene
  • AIGA 068/10 Carbon dioxide (harmonised publication)

American Petroleum Institute (API)

The following standards can be purchased from the American Petroleum Institute (API).

  • API RP 521 Guide for pressure relieving and depressuring systems
  • API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-for-service
  • API RP580 Risk-based inspection
  • API RP581 Risk-based inspection technology
  • API 620 Design and construction of large, welded, low-pressure storage tanks
  • API 650 Welded steel tanks for oil storage
  • API 652 Lining of aboveground petroleum storage tank bottoms
  • API 653 Tank inspection, repair, alteration and reconstruction
  • API RP 752 Management of hazards associated with location of process plant permanent buildings
  • API RP 753 Management of hazards associated with location of process plant portable buildings.

Steel Tank Institute, USA

The following standards can be purchased from the Steel Tank Institute, USA.

  • SP001 Standard for the inspection of aboveground storage tanks
  • F921 Standard for aboveground tanks with integral secondary containment

Underwriters Laboratories, USA

The following standards can be purchased from the Underwriters Laboratories, USA.

  • UL 142 Standard for steel aboveground tanks for flammable and combustible liquids
  • UL 971 Standard for nonmetallic underground piping for flammable liquids.