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Date: 
Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 - 09:45
Category: 
Policy & legislation
Location: 
Western Australia

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking public comment on a draft guide developed for the storage and handling of non-explosive dangerous goods in Western Australia.

This guide provides practical guidance on how to comply with the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007, for persons who manufacture, import, supply, store or handle dangerous goods and all persons at dangerous goods sites.

A key focus of the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 is the duty to minimise risk from dangerous goods.

The duty to minimise risk not only applies to employers and employees but to all persons, including members of the public.

This duty is placed on everyone involved with dangerous goods and goes beyond the workplace duties of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

The guide applies to substances, mixtures and articles which are defined as dangerous goods under the Regulations.

Public comment period closes 5pm, Friday 10 May 2019.

More information, including a copy of the draft guide and how to provide comment using the submission template, is available on the consultation page.