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Hazardous chemical notifications

Hazardous chemical notifications

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Under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation), a notification must be submitted to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland regarding the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals in the following circumstances:

Notification of hazardous chemicals above manifest quantities

Under section 348 of the WHS Regulation, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must submit a notification if hazardous chemicals in excess of manifest quantities prescribed in column 5 of schedule 11 of the WHS Regulation are used, stored or handled at a workplace. Notification can be made using Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace (Smart Form) . For assistance interpreting Schedule 11, please download Hazardous Chemicals – placard and manifest quantities information (PDF, 242.18 KB) .

A notification must be submitted immediately after it is known that hazardous chemicals are to be used, handled or stored at the workplace in quantities above a manifest quantity, or at least 14 days before that first use (whichever is earlier).

Re-notification for a significant change

A workplace is also required to submit a re-notification if there will be a significant change in the risk of using, handling or storing schedule 11 hazardous chemicals.

A re-notification must be submitted immediately after it is known that a significant change is to occur, or at least 14 days before that change (whichever is earlier).

A significant change is likely to influence the details on the manifest and the way emergency services respond to an incident. A significant change could include:

  • Introducing or removing a storage area that exceeds a placard quantity.
  • A substantial permanent change (e.g. ± 20 per cent) in the quantity of a placarded storage area, based on the largest quantity likely to be kept.
  • Introducing new types of hazard classes and/or categories.
  • Installing a new storage and handling system. For example, a bulk fuel tank, or a modified freight container for storing flammable liquids, or expanding the capacity of an existing ammonia based refrigeration system.
  • Removing a storage and handling system. For example, decommissioning an underground fuel tank, or removing a chlorine-gas dosing system or LPG tank.
  • No longer using, handling or storing hazardous chemicals.

Notify using Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace (Smart Form) which must also include a copy of the manifest of hazardous chemicals (i.e. the document that is to be kept in a red HAZMAT box at the front entrance of a workplace). The content of a manifest must comply with Schedule 12.

In addition to notifying WHSQ using Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace (Smart Form), PCBUs are required under section 361 of the WHS Regulation to send a copy of their emergency plan to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS). Visit Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for more information on emergency plans and where to position a HAZMAT box.

Note: Workplaces holding in excess of 10 per cent of the prescribed quantity of Schedule 15 materials are now required to notify as a possible major hazard facility under section 536.

Presence of schedule 15 chemicals in excess of 10 per cent of the prescribed quantities for a major hazard facility

Under section 536 of the WHS Regulation, the operator of a facility storing or handling Schedule 15 chemicals in quantities that may exceed 10 per cent of the prescribed quantity must submit a notification. The notification can be made using Form 69 – Notification of a facility exceeding 10 per cent of Schedule 15 threshold (smart form) .

Under sections 547 and 548, the operator must re-notify on the same form if the quantity of materials present is to be increased or if the operator of the facility has changed.

Construction or operation of a hazardous chemicals pipeline that enters a public place

Under section 390 of the WHS Regulation, a pipeline builder must submit a notification when intending to build a pipeline that will cross into a public place and will be used to transfer a Schedule 11 hazardous chemical. Under section 391 the operator of an existing hazardous chemicals pipeline passing through a public place must submit a notification providing details of the supplier, receiver and dangerous goods classification of materials transferred through that pipeline. In each case notification can be made using Form 70 – Notification of a hazardous chemicals pipeline(PDF, 191.13 KB) .

Presence of an abandoned underground tank that has been used to store flammable gas or flammable liquid

Under section 367 of the WHS Regulation, a person conducting a business or undertaking must submit a notification if an underground, partially underground or fully mounded tank intended to store flammable gas or flammable liquid has not been used in the past two years or if the person has decided that the tank will no longer be used in the future. Notification can be made using Form 72 – Notification of an abandoned tank(PDF, 167.44 KB) .

Submitting a notification

Completed forms and supporting information can be submitted as a smart form, email or mailed:

Email

hicb@oir.qld.gov.au

Mail

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
PO Box 820
Lutwyche Qld 4030

More information

Phone

07 3874 7579

Fax

07 3874 7590

Email

hicb@oir.qld.gov.au

Or call Workplace Health and Safety on 1300 362 128.

Last updated
19 December 2018

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