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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 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). A workplace is also required to submit a notification if it no longer uses, stores or handles hazardous chemicals in manifest quantities, using Form 73. (Note: Workplaces that were previously Large Dangerous Goods Locations under the repealed Dangerous Goods Safety Management (DGSM) Act 2001 must re-notify as a Manifest Quantity Workplace before 1 January 2013).

To complete notification Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace (Smart Form) must also include a copy of their Manifest of hazardous chemicals (i.e. an emergency information pack kept in a red HAZMAT box at the front entrance of a workplace). Manifests must comply with Schedule 12.

In addition to notifying WHSQ using Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace (Smart Form) are required under section 361 of the WHS Regulation to send a copy of their emergency plan to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) before 1 July 2012. 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) . Former large dangerous goods locations were required, under section 536, to notify before 1 July 2012.

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.

Facilities that were classified as major hazard facilities under the former DGSM Act are deemed to have submitted a valid notification under section 536. Transitional arrangements for classified major hazard facilities have been established on a case by case basis in accordance with sections 701 to 704.

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, 548.54 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, 405.71 KB) .

Submitting a notification

Completed forms and supporting information can be sent by email or they can be mailed:

Email

Email us hicb@oir.qld.gov.au

Mail

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
PO Box 820
Lutwyche Qld 4030

More information

Phone

Call 07 3874 7579

Fax

Fax to 07 3874 7590

Email

Email us hicb@oir.qld.gov.au

Or call Workplace Health and Safety on 1300 362 128.

Last updated
07 June 2017

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