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Dangerous goods regulations strengthened

Plans to strengthen dangerous goods regulations in Victoria have been announced by Worksafe outlining the changes made to the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012.

The amendments will require all duty holders to notify WorkSafe every two years about changes to prescribed quantities of stored dangerous goods that could significantly alter the risk profile of their premises. Prescribed changes can include a significant change in the quantity or type of dangerous goods, changed ownership or control of the dangerous goods. Previously, notification was required every five years.

The increased reporting will provide more relevant information to WorkSafe to help inform a risk-based approach to regulatory management of premises where significant quantities of dangerous goods are stored.

Existing duty holders will have six months after 1 July, when the amendments come into effect, to submit a notification to WorkSafe that complies with the amended regulations, unless a prescribed change occurs within that period, in which case duty holders must notify WorkSafe within three business days.

An online notification form has been developed to replace the digital and paper forms previously used. More information about the new responsibilities for duty Managers is available through the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Further information will be available on the WorkSafe website from July 1.

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