How do accredited consultants help dangerous goods licence applicants?
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 more quickly progress their licence applications through the approval process. The consultant will provide a certificate after:
- conducting a risk assessment for the site or operation
- outlining the risk control measures that will be applied
- verifying that the risk assessment and risk control measures meet the requirements of the relevant regulations and section 8 of the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004.
Refer to s. 8 of the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004.
In carrying out these tasks the consultant must apply the policy positions and expectations of the department’s Chief Officer as if the assessment was being conducted by a Dangerous Goods Officer. This means that published guidelines and procedures have been followed to provide reasonable assurance to the Chief Officer that the applicant intends to comply with:
- mandatory code requirements
- approved code requirements (or an alternative that provides an equivalent or better safety outcome).
The accredited consultant must place achievement of these requirements ahead of the commercial interests of the licence applicant. When engaged to prepare a licence application, accredited consultants must alert their clients of their responsibilities to the department’s Chief Officer.
Examples of the certificates prepared by an accredited consultant are available below.
Licence applications that are accompanied by a certificate from an accredited consultant are automatically approved by the department.
What is involved in becoming a consultant?
Suitably qualified practitioners may apply to the department’s Chief Officer for accreditation as an approved person, which allows them to provide certificates in accordance with the applicable regulations and standards.
Refer to rr. 26(3) and 29 of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007
Refer to r. 157(8) of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007
Refer to r. 30(5) of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate) Regulations 2007
Applicants need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge and experience related to the dangerous goods Classes or Divisions for which accreditation is being sought.
Refer to Approval of consultants to assess and endorse dangerous goods site licence applications - guide for information on the approval process.
More information about the requirements of accredited consultants is provided in acknowledgement of accredited consultant’s responsibilities.
The department organises regular forums for accredited consultants to update them on legislative changes, safety security requirement updates, receive feedback from the consultants, and to encourage the sharing of information that will improve dangerous goods safety outcomes.
Accreditation is recognised for three years. The renewal form may also be used to request accreditation for additional Classes or Divisions.
There is a process for auditing the performance of accredited consultants to ensure they meet the required standards outlined in the accredited consultant’s charter.
For more information on the consultant approval process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.