Dangerous goods licences due for five-year renewal

A warning has been sent out to shot firers and mining truck
drivers that their dangerous goods security cards are about to expire.

The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has said that
there could be significant consequences for mining workers who miss the July 15
cut-off date for licence renewals.

Acting resources safety director Dr Ivor Roberts said if renewal
forms are not submitted in time by workers their security clearances will be
automatically cancelled.

“Certain licences, such as those held by shot firers and
truck drivers who transport explosives and ammonium nitrate, will also
automatically expire,” he said.

“This could have significant impact on people whose
employment is contingent on them holding a valid dangerous goods security card.

“Although we have sent letters out to card holders informing
them if their card is due for renewal, some fly-in fly-out workers may have
missed the letter arriving in the mail, or may be leaving it until the last
minute.”

In order to re-apply for a security clearance a full
re-assessment by police and other agencies is required, which takes around
eight weeks.

The cards were first issued in WA in 2009 as a
counter-terrorism measure, and require renewal every five years.

The DMP has encouraged all workers to check expiry dates on
their dangerous goods security card to see if it requires renewal, as around
6000 of the 18,000 cards in WA will require renewal next week.

Renewal can be carried out for $42 on the DMP website, or
call (08) 9358 8002.

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