This blog is for business owners and operators of workplaces in Tasmania that carry Class 3 Flammable Liquids. We’ll be outlining the key legislation, Codes of Practice and other guidance material you need to follow to keep your flammable liquids safe and compliant. This blog is an introduction only and we recommend spending some time on the WorkSafe Tasmania website.
IMPORTANT: Work health and safety legislation and compliance is regulated and enforced by WorkSafe Tasmania and the Tasmanian state government.
WHS Laws and Regulation
In January 2013, the state of Tasmania adopted the harmonised workplace health and safety legislation that was developed by Safe Work Australia. The following legislation is applicable to every Tasmanian business or operation where work is conducted:
Depending on the nature of the work you conduct, you may also have flammable liquids compliance obligations under the following:
- Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010
- Explosives Act 2012
- Explosives Regulations 2012
- Mines Work Health and Safety (Supplementary Requirements) Act 2012
- Mines Work Health and Safety (Supplementary Requirements) Regulations 2012
Codes of Practice
Codes of Practice are designed to help a business owner meet their compliance obligations under the WHS Act and Regulations. While following a Code of Practice is technically not compulsory, if you had a fire, explosion, fatality, major chemical spill or other serious incident on your job site (and you hadn’t followed an applicable Code of Practice) you might have difficulty proving you weren’t negligent in your duties.
Depending on the type of work you conduct, any of the following Codes of Practice are approved under WHS Legislation in Tasmania, and may be applicable to your workplace:
1. Work health and safety consultation, cooperation and coordination
This Code of Practice will help you carry out your duty to consult with the workers who actually use and handle Class 3 Flammable Liquids on the job site. These workers must be consulted when developing safe operating procedures, purchasing fire protection equipment or making changes to the job site that will impact their health and safety.
2. Construction work
Follow this Code of Practice if your workplace performs any type of construction work or is currently undergoing renovations. You’ll need to ensure that flammable liquids (and ignition sources) are stored properly and don’t create a fire, explosion or exposure risk.
3. Demolition work
If there is demolition work being carried out on your workplace and you carry Class 3 Flammable Liquids, you’ll need this Code of Practice to ensure that chemical stores are not impacted or damaged — and each chemical hazard (fire, explosion, exposure) is included in site’s demolition risk assessment and emergency plan.
4. First aid in the workplace
Workplaces where people are exposed to large quantities of Class 3 Flammable Liquids (and other Dangerous Goods) are considered high risk workplaces and have specific requirements for first aid equipment, trained first aiders, safety showers and eyewash stations. View the Code of practice here.
5. How to manage work health and safety risks
This Code of Practice explains how to implement the specific requirements of the WHS Regulations to identify, assess and control the fire, explosion and exposure hazards related to flammable liquids. This includes how they interact with other materials and substances on the job site.
6. Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals
All hazardous chemicals must bear proper labels and display internationally accepted symbols and warnings. If you decant of transfer flammable liquids from their original drum or container you must label these portable containers. View the code of practice here.
7. Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace
If you only follow the guidelines of one approved Code of Practice, make sure it’s this one. It explains the risk management process in detail and offers actual examples of known chemical controls and emergency planning for Flammable Liquids. View the code of practice here.
8. Managing the work environment and facilities
Use this Code of Practice to ensure that the working environment — ventilation, lighting and layout — supports the safe use and storage of Class 3 Flammable Liquids).
9. Spray painting and powder coating
Many paints and solvents are highly flammable, and this Code of Practice will help you design work procedures and employ effective safety equipment to minimise the risk of fires and explosions during spray painting work.
Australian Safety Standard AS1940:2017
Here at STOREMASTA we recommend familiarising yourself with the requirements of Australian Standard AS1940:2017 –- The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids. Use this document for specific guidelines when:
- Deciding whether to store Flammable Liquids indoors or outdoors.
- Purchasing a flammable liquids cabinet or outdoor store.
- Segregating chemicals and building vapour impervious barrier screens.
- Understanding and identifying ignition sources.
- Determining aggregate chemical quantities and calculating the minimum capacity of spill containment facilities.
Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code)
The ADG Code is issued by the National Transport Commission and underpins Dangerous Goods compliance in Australia. Refer to the ADG Code for:
- Requirements for Dangerous Goods placarding and labelling.
- Safe Segregation during usage, handling and storage.
- Purchasing safety equipment and carrying out emergency planning.
Even if your workplace doesn’t despatch Flammable Liquids, you certainly receive them — the requirements of the ADG Code is essential reading for any workplace with Class 3 Flammable Liquids.
This blog serves as an introduction to the legislation in Tasmania that relates to Class 3 Flammable Liquids. To learn more about flammable liquids compliance and how storing these chemicals inside a safety cabinet manufactured to Australia Standards can reduce your compliance risk, download our free eBook Essential Considerations When Storing Flammable Liquids Indoors. STOREMASTA is an internationally recognised Dangerous Goods compliance and storage specialist — plus we’re based right here in Tasmania. Download and read our free eBook today by clicking on the image below: