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Hazardous chemical notifications

You must notify us immediately if hazardous chemicals are used, handled or stored under certain circumstances at your place of work.

This information will help you understand what hazardous chemical notifications you must make to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland under work health and safety laws, as well as when and how to notify us.

What hazardous chemical notifications must I make?

What's a manifest quantity?

Download and refer to the Hazardous Chemicals – placard and manifest quantities information (PDF, 0.24 MB) for details about manifest quantities.

Who must notify?

If you're a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) planning to use, store or handle hazardous chemicals above manifest quantities at your place of work, you must notify us.

When must I notify?

You must notify us immediately after you know that hazardous chemicals above manifest quantities will be used, handled or stored at your place of work, or at least 14 days before the first use, handling or storage (whichever is earlier).

How do I notify?

You must notify us using Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace.

Other requirements

You must include a copy of your manifest of hazardous chemicals when you submit your notification. This is the document that you're required to keep in a red HAZMAT box at the front entrance of your place of work. The content of your manifest must comply with Schedule 12.

In addition to notifying us, you must also send a copy of your emergency plan to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Refer to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website for more information on emergency planning and where to position your HAZMAT box.

Re-notification for a significant change

You must submit a re-notification if there's a significant change in the risk of using, handling or storing hazardous chemicals at your place of work.

You must re-notify us immediately after you know that a significant change will happen, or at least 14 days before that change (whichever is earlier).

You must re-notify us using Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace.

A significant change is likely to influence the details on your manifest of hazardous chemicals 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 (for example ± 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.

Who must notify?

If you're the operator of a facility storing or handling Schedule 15 chemicals in quantities that may exceed 10 per cent of the prescribed quantity, you must notify us.

When must I notify?

You must notify us as soon as practicable after you become aware of the circumstances that require you to notify us. This should be no more than three months.

You can apply to us for a longer period to notify, if there is a reasonable excuse for a delayed notification.

How do I notify?

You must notify us using Form 69 – Notification of a facility exceeding 10 per cent of Schedule 15 threshold.

Re-notification

You must re-notify us if the quantity of materials present is to be increased or if the operator of the facility has changed.

You must re-notify us using Form 69 – Notification of a facility exceeding 10 per cent of Schedule 15 threshold.

Who must notify?

If you're a pipeline builder intending to build a pipeline to transfer hazardous chemicals that will cross into a public place, you must notify us.

If you're the operator of an existing hazardous chemicals pipeline passing through a public place, you must also notify us. Your notification must give details of the supplier, receiver and classification of the hazardous chemicals transferred through the pipeline.

When must I notify?

You must notify us before starting to build a hazardous chemicals pipeline.

How do I notify?

You must notify us using Form 70 – Notification of a hazardous chemicals pipeline (PDF, 0.2 MB).

When is a tank considered abandoned?

An underground, partially underground or fully mounded tank intended to store flammable gas or flammable liquid is considered abandoned if it:

  • hasn't been used in the past two years
  • won't be used in the future.

Who must notify?

If you're a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who controls or manages an abandoned underground, partially underground or fully mounded tank intended to store flammable gas or flammable liquid, you must notify us.

When must I notify?

You must notify us as soon as practicable after the tank is abandoned.

How do I notify?

You must notify us using Form 72 – Notification of an abandoned tank. (PDF, 0.16 MB).

How do I submit a hazardous chemical notification?

You can submit your completed Form 69 – Notification of a facility exceeding 10 per cent of Schedule 15 threshold and Form 73 – Notification of a manifest quantity workplace notification and supporting information online or by:

  • email – hicb@oir.qld.gov.au
  • mail – Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, PO Box 820, Lutwyche Qld 4030.

You can submit your completed Form 70 – Notification of a hazardous chemicals pipeline (PDF, 0.2 MB) and Form 72 – Notification of an abandoned tank (PDF, 0.16 MB) notification by:

  • email – hicb@oir.qld.gov.au
  • mail – Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, PO Box 820, Lutwyche Qld 4030.

More information

You can contact us for more information about hazardous chemical notifications by:

  • phone – 07 3738 5010 or 1300 362 128
  • email – hicb@oir.qld.gov.au.