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What policies and procedures should we have for dangerous goods?

Q: We store and transport some dangerous goods, including pressurised containers and hazardous liquids. Can you please provide some insight as to the requirements of the policies and procedures for these?

A: The nature of the policies and procedures will largely depend on the types of goods you have and need to transport.

In general terms, you will need to develop a policy outlining the approach the business will take and the procedures for:

  • identifying, monitoring and reviewing activities in relation to dangerous goods;
  • safe work when handling and transporting dangerous goods;
  • providing protective clothing and equipment to required standards;
  • training staff about dangerous goods;
  • providing safety information, including material safety data sheets, chemical registers and correct signage for transport and storage of dangerous goods; and
  • reporting and investigating incidents or non-conformances.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to Chemical safety for current advice.

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