As a means of promoting productive, healthy and safe workplaces for workers and employers in New South Wales, WorkCover NSW has required notification from sites which store large quantities of dangerous goods. These notifications are critical to the safety of workers and businesses because maintaining large quantities of dangerous goods necessitates expertise on safety management. Moreover, the details provided by sites and businesses needs to be updated every now and then since other government agencies are making use of the details too.
Businesses which are not able to generate needed information on the storage of dangerous goods are labelled as “expired sites”.
In alignment to their program, WorkCover will conduct visits and inspections in the expired sites identified. Aside from visiting and inspecting, they will also offer practical advice and assistance on safety management. These will be done across NSW to guarantee three things. First, all dangerous goods are stored and handled safely and properly. Second, underground storage tanks which are no longer used are decommissioned appropriately. Third and last, WorkCover obtains the most recent information on what types of dangerous goods are being stored in these sites.
If you are handling dangerous goods, there are important things you must take note to be able to properly and safely manage such goods. The first two are related to the program initiated by WorkCover NSW. First, make sure to decommission appropriately those underground tanks that are no longer used. Additionally, always let a competent person do the work. Second, see to it that you make up to date notifications of dangerous goods in your area. This will also help government agencies do their job effectively. Lastly, to maintain safety in handling dangerous goods, it is best to implement an appropriate system for safe management. This might refer to registration and manifest, as well as placards and emergency plans.