WorkCover NSW has published new Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs) regulations in the NSW Government Gazette.
MHFs are facilities such as oil refineries, chemical processing plants, large chemical and gas storage depots and large chemical warehouses that have dangerous goods in amounts that exceed specified threshold quantities.
The regulations commenced on 14 July 2008, but later commencement dates are specified in some clauses so that requirements are introduced in stages.
The effect of the regulation is to add a new chapter (Chapter 6B) to the NSW Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 to reduce the risk of a major accident and to minimise the consequences in the event of a major accident.
The aim of Chapter 6B is to put in place measures to prevent major accidents at major hazard facilities, and to protect the health and safety of persons at work and the public from hazards leading to, or arising from, such major accidents.
Requirements for operators of MHFs include: Notification to WorkCover – this applies to MHFs and other facilities that exceed 10% of the threshold quantities of dangerous materials that are set out in the regulation;
Hazard identification and risk assessment specifically directed toward prevention of major accidents; Emergency plans and security plans; Provisional registration and (later) registration of MHFs; Preparation and submission to WorkCover of a safety report, demonstrating that the operator of the MHF is adequately managing safety and preventing major accidents.
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