This page is designed to assist industry prepare the required information necessary for a storage and handling inspection by dangerous goods officers.
Dangerous goods storage and handling inspections are conducted to look at compliance against the following legislation:
What documents should I have ready?
A storage and handling inspection will include an audit of the following documents. It is advised that these be made easily accessible:
- Emergency plan
- Induction or training records
- Material safety data sheets
- Register of all dangerous goods kept on site
- Maintenance records
- Manifest and site plan
- Risk assessments
- Incident reports
Resources Safety has a suite of templates and guidance that may assist you in preparing the necessary documents:
What guidance information is available?
The Storage and handling of dangerous goods code of practice provides useful guidance on how to store and handle dangerous goods safely. Certain part of the code cover areas that may be inspected. These include:
- Containers for bulk dangerous goods (Section 7.4)
- Segregation (Appendix 2)
- Spill containment (Section 7.7)
- Ignition sources (Section 7.8)
- Ventilation (Section 7.9)
- Placarding (Chapter 11)
- Fire protection (Chapter 12)
- Disused underground petroleum tanks (Appendix 5)
A good way to prepare for an inspection is to review your documented compliance checks against the relevant approved codes of practices.
Accredited dangerous goods consultants
Accredited dangerous goods consultants are approved by the department’s Chief Officer to assess and endorse licence applications for the storage and handling of dangerous goods, explosives and security sensitive ammonium nitrate in compliance with the relevant regulations.
Companies may engage the services of an accredited consultant to prepare for an inspection, or be present during an inspection by dangerous goods officers.
In addition, the consultant can:
- conduct a risk assessment for the site or operation
- outline the risk control measures that will be applied
- verify the risk assessment and risk control measures meet the requirements of the relevant regulations and section 8 of the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004.
More information on accredited dangerous goods consultants, including a current list of the approved consultants is available.
For any enquiries please contact one of our dangerous goods officers
Phone: (08) 9358 8002