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Dangerous Goods News - October 2019

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

We've compiled the most relevant dangerous goods news articles from Australia and overseas from the AIDGC newsletter and other sources. 

In the October issue, read about the NSW EPA's draft guidelines for contaminated land, NTC confirms an alternative dangerous goods compliance guide, ACT new Petroleum Storage Guidelines and the NSW Councils taking over responsibility over NSW UPSS regulation.

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.  



ABOUT AIDGC

The AIDGC is an independent industry body that exists for the benefit of the dangerous goods industry, regulatory authorities, government, business and the general community. There are over 60 professional members who offer dangerous goods related services.

To search for a Dangerous Goods Consultant, search the membership list here

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of the AIDGC and to join, visit the AIDGC website.




Transport Feet on Dangerous Goods Cabinets

Trafalgar dangerous goods cabinets already feature the most innovative and functional design of any cabinets on the market, but the cabinets have recently been upgraded further, with the addition of transport feet, which can be left on or removed if required.

The transport feet are made out of the same high quality stainless steel as the cabinet, to allow for appropriate grounding, and make the cabinets easy to manoeuver and position at your premises. 

Watch the video




W.A. Inspectors going back to School

WorkSafe WA recently announced a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues for workers in WA primary and secondary schools. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include both private and public schools in metropolitan and regional areas of the State.

It will expand on a previous inspection program looking at hazards facing cleaners and gardeners, and will add potential hazards in science labs, home economics rooms, swimming pools and so on.

WorkSafe Director Sally North said the program was undertaken because of the high rate of injuries in the sector, particularly soft tissue injuries to lower backs, but the program raised additional concerns.

Source: Commerce WA





Contaminated Land - NSW EPA releases Draft Guidelines

Site auditors and contaminated land consultants will be required to adhere to the guidelines once they are finalised, which is expected by the end of 2019.Proposed new contaminated land reporting guidance released by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on 27 August 2019 will provide best practice standards for consultants preparing site reports and make it clear what information needs to be reported to the EPA, and also when consultants should tell their clients about any potential duty to report contamination.
Source: Lexology




W.A. Shopping Centre fined after Explosion 

A shopping centre management firm has been fined $45,000 after two men were killed and two severely burnt in an explosion at a facility under their control. Vicinity Custodian was found guilty of failing to ensure safe access and egress for persons who were not its employees in the Perth Magistrates Court.

In February 2015, high-voltage switchgear filled with oil exploded in a substation at Morley Galleria Shopping Centre. At the time of the incident, Vicinity Custodian was the centre’s appointed manager and was therefore responsible for taking adequate steps and reasonable precautions to ensure the Galleria and its substations were safe for those working in it and the public.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh added that the substation had “effectively [been] used as a storeroom” and also contained wooden bins.

Source: NSCA Foundation




NTC highlights Alternative DG AERG

The National Transport Commission (NTC) this week confirmed that the Competent Authorities Panel has approved the use of the Australian Emergency Response Guide (AERG) for Dangerous Goods (DG) compliance. Going forward, the AERG will be used as an alternative to the Initial Emergency Response Guide (HB:76) to meet the requirements of Chapter 11.2 of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail. 

The AERG may be used as an optional alternative to the Initial Emergency Response Guide (HB:76) according to the NTC. Duty holders should consider which guide best suits their specific needs. “AERG2018 is approved as emergency information satisfying the requirements of the Australian Code for the transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) and associated legislation," the NTC said in a statement.

"Approval number V19-03 was issued by WorkSafe Victoria and the approval was given national effect by the Competent Authorities Panel decision number CA2019/120. “The AERG is currently available free to download in soft copy." 

Source: Trailer Mag




Transport for NSW - DG Study 

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has commissioned the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to undertake a Dangerous Goods (DG) movement study. The purpose of this project, according to ARRB, is to understand where dangerous goods are being transported by road in New South Wales with a focus on the Sydney metropolitan region to identify and protect DG routes.

The study will focus on the transportation of bulk tanked flammable gas, flammable liquid and chemicals with the use of telematics data from DG transportation vehicles to identify movements. Transport Certification Australia (TCA) will reportedly undertake the analysis in a de-identified and aggregated manner to ensure privacy.

To find out more and register, visit the Australian Road Research Board website.




ACT: New Petroleum Storage Guidelines 

The Environment Protection Authority's Environmental Guidelines for Petroleum Storage 2019 reflect current best practice and provide information on petroleum storage in the ACT. The guidelines are designed to help people understand and comply with the Environment Protection Act 1997 and Australian Standard AS 4897: The Design, Installation and Operation of Underground Petroleum Storage Systems.  See the Environmental Guidelines for Petroleum Storage on the Access Canberra website.

Source: ACT Government 


NSW Councils take control of UPSS

September 1 saw the formal handover of the regulatory responsibility of the NSW UPSS Regulation (https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/regulations/2019-411.pdf) from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the 129 local government authorities that exist in NSW. Further information about the new arrangements can be found on the EPA’s Underground Petroleum Storage System webpage.   




UPSS Regulation - updated and simplified

It is estimated there are more than 3000 operating UPSS sites in NSW and councils will regulate around 2000 sites which are mostly service stations. The EPA will remain the regulator for around 1000 UPSS sites which hold an EPA licence, are operated by a public authority, are in unincorporated areas of the state or are subject to a regulatory notice issued by the EPA.  

To coincide with this transition to shared regulatory responsibility, the UPSS Regulation has now been updated and simplified. The 2014 Regulation expires on 31 August 2019. A draft Regulation was released for public consultation in May and June 2019 and comments received have been considered in the preparation of the final Regulation.
Source: Acap Mag




Ferocious Chemical blaze in W. Sydney 

About 100 firefighters battled a large chemical fire that engulfed a factory in Sydney's southwest, sending a large plume of black, toxic smoke into the sky. The fire occurred at the Baker & Co food, drinks and pharmaceutical factory on Yulong Close in Moorebank. The site, which was evacuated, is within an industrial area but close to homes and just metres from the M5 motorway. Flames broke through the roof and thick black smoke rose into the air, and could be seen kilometres away.

Crews remained on site after a wall collapsed on a large tank of lavender oil, which was burning and producing some potentially hazardous gases. Fire and Rescue NSW's Rob Jansen said a dam had been built to contain the run-off of oil and other substances, some of which made its way to the Georges River. Suction trucks are being used to remove the run-off at the dam and the river.
Source: ABC News 




Chemical Gazette October 2019 

The October 2019 Chemical Gazette has information about chemicals added to the Inventory, amendment to the name of an Inventory chemical, new reports and permits issued.
  • New chemicals full public reports
  • Commercial evaluation permits
  • Low volume chemical permits
  • Early introduction permits
  • Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment certificate
  • Controlled use permits in force as at September 2019
  • Low volume chemical permits in force as at September 2019
  • Secondary notifications assessed by NICNAS
  • Chemicals added to the Inventory following issue of assessment certificate
 Source: NICNAS 




SWA consults on Workplace Exposure Standards for 50 Chemicals 

Safe Work Australia (SWA) has closed public comment on the draft evaluation reports and recommended workplace exposure standards for 50 chemicals ranging from acetaldehyde to benzoyl chloride. This, the second of 16 such reviews of workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants, covered new and existing chemicals, including: 
  • o-Anisidine; 
  • benzidine; 
  • 1H-Benzotriazole; and 
  • benzoyl chloride
The SWA sought technical comments on: 
  • the toxicological information and data that the value is based upon; and
  • the measurement and analysis information provided 
 In April, the SWA consulted on standards for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust. It will be carrying out the remaining consultations until April 2020. SWA is the national body responsible for the development and evaluation of 'model' work health and safety laws, but it is not a regulator. 

The draft evaluation reports and recommendations for the remaining chemicals will be released throughout 2019 and 2020.

Source: SafeWork Australia 




SafeWork NSW – Updates to Codes of Practice 

Safework NSW have updated 23 NSW Codes of Practice, now available for download on the Safework NSW website. A code of practice provides detailed information on how you can achieve the standards required under the work health and safety (WHS) laws. These do not replace the WHS laws, but codes of practice can be issued to help make understanding what you have to do a little easier. An inspector can refer to a code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice. 

Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, codes of practice are admissible in court proceedings. Courts may regard a code of practice as evidence of what is known about a hazard, risk or control, and rely on it to determine what is 'reasonably practicable' in the circumstances to which the code relates. It is recognised that equivalent or better ways of achieving the required work health and safety outcomes may be possible. 

For that reason compliance with codes of practice is not mandatory providing that any other method used provides an equivalent or higher standard of work health and safety than suggested by the code of practice. As well as codes of practice, Safe Work Australia has guidance material that can also help you achieve the standards under WHS laws.
Source: SafeWork NSW 




WorkSafe inspection program looks at high-risk pressure vessels

WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues with some of the highest risk pressure vessels in workplaces in WA, with the aim of helping employers comply with workplace safety laws and lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness. The focus of the inspections will be vessels that are used for the processing and storage of large amounts of industrial gases such as natural gas, liquid petroleum gas and oxygen.

Source: Commerce WA 




Queensland Apprentice Plumber Drives Car into Sea after Gas Bottle explodes 

A quick-thinking teenager saved his own life after a gas bottle exploded under his car and burst into flames. Reece Parker, 17, was driving toward Teewah Beach in Noosa, Queensland, when he heard loud hissing sounds coming from under his LandCruiser. The apprentice plumber leant under the four-wheel-drive to take a look and was 'engulfed by flame' from his 120 litre gas tank. 'I extinguished the initial flame with a small extinguisher I had under my seat, but 120 litres of gas was not going out with a small extinguisher. 

'So I hopped in my car while on fire and reversed the rear of my car as well as the gas tank into the ocean.' Despite his clothes catching alight and melting to his skin, the young man said he was more concerned with extinguishing flames on his smouldering vehicle to ensure his 90 litres of petrol didn't ignite. 

After submerging the car in the sea, Mr Parker threw himself in the water. 'I pretty much just lay there like a starfish in the surf because I was just that burnt. I started blistering up everywhere immediately. The sides of my lips were stuck together so I could only just mumble my name, date of birth, and where I was.'

Source: MSN News




Lawsuits over NT Ammonia Nitrate crash 

The state government and Queensland Rail are both suing truck company Kalari Propriety Limited and driver Anthony Eden over the 2014 incident, which saw the road badly damaged when a road train exploded after it veered off the Mitchell Highway and rolled on September 5. The truck was carrying prilled ammonium nitrate at the time. The State and the chief executive have claimed against Mr Eden and Kalari almost $8 million for the costs of repairing the Angellala Creek bridge, while Queensland Rail has claimed against Mr Eden and Kalari almost $4 million to cover the costs of the rail bridge repair.

Source: Queensland Country Life


From Overseas

N.Z. WORKSAFE updates Guide to Gas Cylinders 

All gases under pressure (even non-hazardous gases such as nitrogen) must comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017. These regulations cover a range of matters relating to gases under pressure, including controls on gas cylinders. Guide to gas cylinders This guide is intended to assist and guide any person, group or organisation that is involved in, or intends being involved in, the importation, manufacture, supply, filling, storage, handling or periodic testing of gas cylinders and fittings.

Download the guide here

Source: Kempanion






N.Z. Employee deceived Employer

A worker who dealt with the storage and distribution of hazardous substances was convicted at the Manukau District Court on forgery charges and sentenced to 10 months home detention. Deepak Yogesh Lal was working for New Zealand Chemical Care and Storage Limited (NZCCSL) at the time of the offending, who had arranged training in the use of hazardous substances.

After failing aspects of the training in 2017, Lal forged certificates to deceive his employer into believing him qualified and competent. Lal pleaded guilty to two charges and was convicted under the Crimes Act 1961 for using forged documents. During a WorkSafe investigation Lal admitted to altering two certificates from other employees at NZCCSL and presenting them to his employer as his own qualifications.

Regulations state work requiring handling of hazardous substances must be carried out by a person holding a compliance certificate as a certified handler.
General Manager for High Hazards and Energy Safety Tony Hetherington said Lal faced serious consequences for his extremely serious offending. “Instead of completing the qualification, Lal went to great lengths to forge certificates and convince his employer he had completed his training. This was deliberate and sustained behaviour, not a one off oversight.”

Source: Media Release NZ WORKSAFE




N.Z. WORKSAFE -What the Hazardous Substances Regulations mean for you 

Hazardous substances are widely used across New Zealand workplaces, so it’s important to know the risks and how to protect people from harm. All businesses must manage their hazardous substances risks. Download the “What the Hazardous Substances Regulations mean for you” Guide here.

Key points:
  • About 1 in 3 businesses in New Zealand manufacture, use, handle or store hazardous substances.
  • Hazardous substances a major contributor to the estimated 600-900 deaths and 30,000 cases of serious ill health from work-related disease each year in New Zealand. They can also cause immediate harm such as from fires and explosions 
  • The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 set out the rules for work-related activities involving hazardous substances.
  • All empty chemical containers pose a risk to people and environment. It is easy and safe to recycle these through AgRecovery.
  • Unused chemicals pose a risk to people and environment. You can arrange for these to be collected from your farm through AgRecovery.
Source: WorkSafe NZ



French voice health fears after Rouen chemical plant fire

A spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, forcing authorities to close schools and warn of potential pollution risks for the nearby Seine river. The blaze broke out at the Lubrizol plant in Rouen - a large factory that is classified as Seveso, or high risk, because of the nature of the chemicals it produces.  The fire started in a storage facility for packaged products such as lubricant additives, according to a spokesman for the company. The series of large explosions were caused by oil that had leaked due to the fire. 

There were around 200 firefighters battling the blaze which is expected to take days to control. The American parent company is owned by Warren Buffet. The Rouen factory produces additives for oils and industrial lubricants. Trade unions, farmers and residents have taken to the streets in the northern French city of Rouen, demanding the government publish all data on the impact of a huge fire at a chemical factory amid fears for health and the environment.

Source: The Guardian




US: Truck carrying Mining Explosives overturns

Authorities blocked a busy highway in Georgia after a multivehicle crash, involving hazardous materials. The Dawson County sheriff said that a truck carrying 6,000 pounds of explosive components used to make dynamite overturned on a highway.

Source: wsb.com





20 Die - Indian Chemical Factory blast 

At least 20 people have died and 50 more injured in a blast that took place in a chemical factory in Vaghadi village of Dhule, Maharashtra. The chemical factory is located within the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Shirpur teshil.  Sources said the blast allegedly took place due to the explosion of gas cylinders in the factory. A police official said “from our initial investigation it appears a boiler exploded which led to a massive fire in the factory,” Another officer said that presence of a number of nitrogen gas cylinders and barrels containing chemicals in the factory increased the severity of the blasts. "Prima facie, a fire was triggered due to leak of chemical from a barrel which spread to cylinders causing blasts," the officer said. 
Source: NEWSclick 

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