This month, the Australian Dangerous Goods Code was updated, bringing new standards for companies working around hazardous substances.
The changes have refined the definitions of dangerous goods, added more substances to the list of hazardous goods and also changed the labelling requirements for these products.
In addition, there are also new requirements for the transport and storage of goods, especially around ventilation and driver qualifications.
CEO of the National Transport Commission Paul Retter identified that these new regulations would have considerable benefits for those who have to work with hazardous substances.
“Everyone who uses Australia’s roads and other transport networks has a responsibility to keep themselves and the travelling public safe,” Retter said. “This code will help people transporting dangerous goods comply with the laws that are designed to keep them from harm.”
While these new regulations will bring better safety for those working around dangerous substances, they also bring a new challenge for business owners.
With new materials added to the list of hazardous goods, it is more important than ever to make sure you have the right equipment to handle these goods. Being caught out because you have not adjusted your storage solutions to these new regulations can be an incredibly expensive exercise for your business.
The safe storage of dangerous goods and substances is always important and safety solutions such as flammable storage cabinets, gas bottle storage cages, safety cabinets and spill bunding is always important.
Finally, one of the most important changes to these guidelines is the requirement that businesses which handle dangerous goods have an emergency response plan in place for accidents. If this might affect your business, make sure you invest in the right emergency products like spill containment kits. These will be an essential part of any emergency plan for dangerous goods.