Dangerous Goods News - May 2019

Dangerous Goods News - May 2019
Welcome to Store-Safe's Dangerous Goods May 2019 newsletter.

We've compiled the most relevant dangerous goods news articles from Australia and overseas from the AIDGC newsletter. In the May issue, read about the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), an astounding 19million litre toxic waste clean up in Melbourne, a warning to horticultural growers to use and store pesticides correctly and more.

I hope you find it interesting and if you need any assistance with any of your safe storage needs, please call us on 1800 888 714

No more cabinet door
The biggest and most expensive ongoing repair problem with dangerous goods cabinet is constant damage to the sequential door control mechanism, no matter the brand of cabinet.
Trafalgar have eliminated this problem with the double door cabinets, which now feature a patented 180° door opening function and a right door ‘90° Stay-Open’ mechanism, in which the right door stays open whilst the left door is open. 

Watch the demonstration video to see the full function of the cabinet doors, and the easy retrieval of items out of the cabinet without the right door closing on you.

The cabinets are proudly made in Australia at Trafalgar's factory in South Granville and have been extensively tested using a purpose-built cycle motion testing unit, which opened and closed the cabinet doors thousands of times without any issues. The only issue that did arise was with the ropes on the testing unit fraying from use. They were replaced and the testing unit continued to open and shut the doors without problems. View the testing unit video here.

19 Million Litre Toxic Waste in Melbourne
A toxic waste clean-up in suburban Melbourne has only scratched the surface as authorities reveal a stockpile of hazardous and flammable chemicals much greater than first thought. Eight warehouses across Campbellfield and Epping are thought to contain 19 million litres of toxic waste, WorkSafe Victoria revealed today. "It became clear there was significantly more waste material there than we first estimated," WorkSafe spokesman Michael Coffey told ABC radio.

"It was extremely difficult to estimate what the volume of the waste was in these warehouses because they were floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall stacked with containers and the atmosphere inside was not safe." The clean-up operation has already been going for six weeks and so far workers have removed about 800,000 litres of the waste, Mr Coffey confirmed. Revised estimates of the quantity of chemicals is based on engineering drawings of the sites.

"We know the substances inside are highly-flammable. We know there's solvents, there's paints, there's oxides, there's basically industrial waste," Mr Coffey said. Authorities fear the repeat of a fire at a West Footscray warehouse in August, when chemicals caught alight and posed a hazard to the community. "Our priority in this project is to get those chemicals out of those warehouses as quickly as possible," Mr Coffey said, adding that WorkSafe is collaborating with a certified processor to handle the waste. Investigations into the stockpiles continue and the penalties are "tough", he noted. "What we're seeing at the moment is highly-organised operations that are actively trying to avoid regulations." Source: AAP

$2500 fine for incorrect use and storage of Pesticides 
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding horticultural growers to use and store pesticides correctly and ensure pesticide qualifications are valid after issuing fines totaling $2500 to a basil grower for unlawfully using pesticides on produce, operating without the correct qualifications, not storing pesticides appropriately and having no records. Pesticides NSW - Overview

NSW EPA fines another Freight Company
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined freight company Vellex $8,000 after one of its contracted trucks allegedly failed to comply with the safety requirements for its load of flammable liquids in Newcastle. On December 10, 2018, EPA officers inspected a Vellex-contracted vehicle at Kooragang and found the truck's load of 72 drums containing flammable liquids was not properly secured. The EPA issued three penalty notices to the company and also issued the truck driver with an official caution. It alleges that inspection revealed that the vehicle failed to meet several safety requirements including:
  • The drums were not stowed behind rigid sides as required by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.
  • Not carrying compliant transport documentation or emergency information.
Source: ATN

Australia Passes Remaining 3 Bills for AICIS and Consults on 2019 Draft General Rules
Following the approval of three bills in February, the remaining bills for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) passed through the Senate on April 2 and received Royal Assent on April 3. Thus far, all bills relating to the new scheme have become law. Continue reading on (click here)

Australia | Act to establish a National Regulatory Scheme for Industrial Chemicals
This Act establishes the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme, and an Executive Director, to regulate the introduction (manufacture or import) of industrial chemicals. A chemical is an industrial chemical to the extent that it is used other than for agricultural, veterinary or therapeutic purposes, or in food or feed (which are regulated by other schemes). Introducers must be registered for a registration year (which begins on 1 September). A registration charge must be paid for registration. Penalties apply if a person introduces an industrial chemical when not registered. Introductions must also comply with the requirements of a category of introduction, which are based on the level. Regulation: Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 No. 12, 2019

NICNAS April 2019

EPA Victoria fines SKM Services
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has fined SKM Services Pty Ltd over $16,000 for breaching the requirements of statutory notices at its Coolaroo and Laverton North sites in January 2019. EPA Resource Recovery Facilities Audit Taskforce Manager Danny Childs said the company was issued notices that required it to modify the configuration of its combustible recyclable and waste material stockpiles. Source: EPA Victoria

NEW LAWS From 1 July 2020
EPA will have a new Environment Protection Act that will strengthen EPA’s regulatory powers relating to waste in several ways including: Modernising EPA’s inspection and inquiry powers and the introduction of strong regulatory duties across the whole waste chain from generators to transporters to receivers of waste. source EPA Victoria article

$100,000 fine for oil spill
Viva Energy, one of Australia's largest energy companies, has been fined $100,000 for an oil spill in Sydney Harbour that took more than six months to clean up and was described by a judge as "foreseeable". The company will also be required to publish an admission it was "unaware of, and has been unable to locate records of, any inspections, testing or maintenance work" on the corroded pipeline that leaked on December 30, 2016. The leak, at the Gore Bay fuel storage, resulted in about 800 litres of fuel oil spilling onto nearby land, with about 500 litres of that entering the waters at Gore Cove, near Greenwich, according to the judgement handed down by Justice Tim Moore in the Land and Environment Court. Source: Sydney Morning Herald - NSW Judgement

Public comment sought for storage and handling of non-explosive guide (WA)
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking public comment on a draft guide developed for the storage and handling of non-explosive dangerous goods in Western Australia.

This guide provides practical guidance on how to comply with the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007, for persons who manufacture, import, supply, store or handle dangerous goods and all persons at dangerous goods sites. Public comment period closes 5.00pm, Friday 10 May 2019. More information, including a copy of the draft guide and how to provide comment using the submission template, is available on (click here)

And from around the world:

Kia and Hyundai Car fires: US authorities have opened two separate investigations into Kia and Hyundai after receiving more than 3100 complaints of “non-crash fires” affecting vehicles from both manufacturers. The incidents are linked to one death and more than 100 injuries to date, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the country’s road transport regulator. Nearly three million vehicles from the two manufacturers could be recalled after investigations that began on March 29: 1.7 million Kia Optimas, Sorentos and Souls, and almost 1.3 million Hyundai Sonatas and Santa Fes. A spokesman for Hyundai Australia said the issue appears confined to North America, where the cars in question are built and sold. Source: (click here)

US High School – Poor Chemical Storage: In late 2017, staffers at Walled Lake Central High School complained to state health officials of a possible cancer scare in their building. One complaint said 10 staffers had been diagnosed "in the past eight years," while a second complaint put the figure at nine diagnoses since 2014. "All fairly young staff and we are concerned about something environmental," the complaint said. "This is about 10% of our staff." The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) inspected the school, which has about 1,600 students. MIOSHA found problems related to storing chemicals in the science labs, fined the district $2,100 and ordered it to make changes. But inspectors couldn't address the larger concern. "MIOSHA has no regulations that address cancer clusters where multiple employees are diagnosed with a variety of different cancers," Elaine Clapp, safety and health manager for MIOSHA wrote in a response to one of the complaints. Source and report (click here)

A massive diesel contamination at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena: the contamination has spread towards homes after traces of the fuel were found in a bore hole near a residential street. About 40,000 litres have been removed from ground near the arena in Addington since a leak from a broken pipeline was discovered last July. Diesel was recently found in a shallow bore hole near Moule St that was previously clear, suggesting the plume of fuel is still moving. No traces have been detected in drinking water supplies or stormwater and sewer systems, and city council staff say the water is safe. The contaminated area extends 100 metres southeast of the leak site and 50m across. The diesel comes from an underground fuel line that was pierced by a metal stake. It is unclear when the damage happened, but the discovery of diesel at various sites last year suggested the leak may have continued for several years. Source: Sentinel-Tribune (click here)

U.S. EPA Bans Consumer Sales of Methylene Chloride Paint Removers: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use. USA EPA article (click here)

US Ammunition Co. explosion killed 2: A Florida ammunition maker could be fined $188,290 by OSHA for a flash-powder explosion that killed two workers in September. From the federal agency’s accident Investigation summary of the tragedy at Perry’s AMTEC Less Lethal Systems: “At 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2018, two employees were loading flash powder into a blast strip inside blast booths when it ignited and exploded. One employee was killed at the scene and the second employee died one week later from his injuries.” Source Miami Herald

Large oil slick off the French coast: French authorities are bracing for a large oil slick to hit the country's coastline after an Italian ship capsized and sank in the Bay of Biscay off La Rochelle. The container vessel, Grande America, caught fire during a trip from Hamburg to Casablanca. All 27 crew have been rescued but a large amount of fuel was reported to have spilt into the ocean. Grande America contained 2,200 tonnes of fuel oil. Source: Statement from Grimaldi Lines

U.S. Agriculture most Hazardous Industry: According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation. According to Fed-OSHA, farm safety can be improved by increasing awareness of farming hazards and making a conscious effort to prepare for emergency situations including fires, vehicle accidents, electrical shocks from equipment and wires and chemical exposures. Injury rates are highest among children age 15 and under and adults over 65. Source: Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S.C.)

Chemicals top EU Notifications for Product Risk: Hazardous chemicals in products, such as toys and cosmetics, have become the biggest risk to health and safety on the EU and EEA market. Risks related to chemicals comprised 25% of all notifications last year, according to a European Commission report on the EU's Safety Gate rapid alert system for dangerous products – formerly known as Rapex. This was up three percentage points on the 2017 notifications. ChemicalWatch (click here)

US Minerals Dust Control Handbook: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a new edition of its handbook on dust control for industrial minerals mining and processing this March. The agency’s NIOSH Mining Program and the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) partnered to produce the guide with the aim of reducing deaths, injuries, and illnesses. “Implementation of the engineering controls discussed can assist operators, health specialists, and workers in reaching the ultimate goal of eliminating pneumoconiosis and other occupational diseases caused by dust exposure in the mining industry,” NIOSH stated in a press release. The authors of the handbook discuss dust-generating processes and control strategies to reduce worker dust exposure during all stages of mineral processing, including screening, conveyance, bagging, loadout, and transport. NOISH said it hopes the handbook to “empower mineral industry personnel to apply state-of-the-art dust control technology to help reduce or eliminate mine and mill worker exposure to hazardous dust concentrations.” To view the handbook, (click here)

I hope you find it interesting and if I can assist you with any of your safe storage needs, please call us on 1800 888 714,

Grant Breeze
Customer service (NSW/ACT/VIC/SA/WA) 
Glen Head 
Customer service (QLD / NT)