The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) (WHS Act) is part of a national package of uniform work health and safety legislation. It repealed the Dangerous Goods Safety Management Act 2001 (Qld) (DGSM Act) and as of 1 January 2012 regulates dangerous goods in Queensland.
It also altered the requirements for registration of plant.
If your workplace uses, handles or generates hazardous chemicals, you must now comply with Chapter 7 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld) (WHS Regulation).
If your workplace uses, stores or handles schedule 11 hazardous chemicals in quantities that exceed the manifest quantity (noted in column 5 of schedule 11) you must (as a person conducting a business or undertaking):
If you store flammable or combustible liquid on your premises you would have previously been required to hold a licence issued by your local government. With the introduction of the WHS Act these licences no longer exist. Local governments no longer regulate or enforce matters relating to the storage of flammable and combustible liquids.
There is no replacement licensing system under the WHS Act. Instead, WHSQ will be responsible for monitoring the storage of flammable and combustible liquids. Local council officers, have however, retained their role with respect to other responsibilities such as environmental licences under the environmental protection legislation.
Regardless of the WHS Act, if you own or occupy land and store petroleum products or oil in levels that amount to a notifiable activity under Schedule 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld), you must notify the relevant department.
You will now need to only register the following items of plant from 1 January 2012:
This means that air-conditioning units or cooling towers (unless they contain pressure vessels that satisfy the criteria above) no longer need to be registered.
Further information on the WHS Act and WHS Regulation can be obtained by contacting us or visiting the WHSQ website.
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