New Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 became effective in Victoria on 1st December 2012.
The new regulations were necessary because the interim regulations, put in place in anticipation of Victoria adopting the harmonised WHS laws, expired at the end of November 2012.
Key changes are:
- Licensing no longer required, only notification to authority when manifest quantity exceeded.
- Risk assessments no longer a requirement, but risk controls still expected to be implemented at the highest practicable level.
- Authority to be updated on manifest quantities every 5 years, (or sooner if significant change).
- Chemical incidents no longer required to be reported to local fire station or police, but risk controls still required to be reviewed.
- Placards in place prior to commencement, which complied with the 2011 Regs, is taken to comply with the 2012 Regs, but must be updated (where applicable) if any change in type or quantity of Dangerous Goods.
Note: Some regulations have been updated to include reference to ‘workers’, most likely in anticipation of future adopting the with WHS laws.