Dangerous Goods Management

You are responsible for identifying, controlling + reviewing Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are identified as substances that may be corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidizing or water-reactive. These goods can be deadly and can seriously damage people, property and the environment. As a result, there is dangerous goods legislation in every state which clearly set out your responsibilities for the manufacture, storage, transport, transfer, sale and use of dangerous goods.

Keeping on top of what constitutes a dangerous good and what you have to do about it can be quite confusing. Fortunately, our team of experienced occupational hygienists can help.

We can diagnose any dangerous goods around your workplace and inform you of any legal requirements that will apply. We can then present you with practical solutions to these problems.

 

If your workplace has dangerous goods you are responsible for:

Identifying all dangerous goods
Determining the safe storage and handling requirements
Controlling the dangerous goods risk
Informing and training staff
Reviewing the risk controls regularly
Revising controls when necessary

The good news is that there are several solutions for eliminating or controlling exposure to dangerous goods which can be readily implemented such as:

Substituting another product in its place
Reducing the usage
Isolating storages
Providing personal protective equipment

Regulations in this area are changing constantly. Under the model Work Health and Safety legislation that came into effect in January 2012, hazardous substances and dangerous goods will be classified as hazardous chemicals in line with the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). This new system will have a 5 year transition period.

Give us a call if you’d like to know more about how the new laws affect you and what you need to do about them.

JTA’s team of specialists service all Australian cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart, also now servicing New Zealand.

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