From 5 February significant changes to Western Australia’s Dangerous Goods regulation came into effect.
One interesting and important change is that most duty holders will be able to conduct a compliance check against the applicable Codes of Practice instead of conducting a separate risk assessment for storing and handling dangerous goods.
For example, a new provision in relation to Dangerous Goods Sites states:
in making a risk assessment of the dangerous goods stored or handled at a site the operator of the site may make a judgment in relation to the assessment of the risk posed by a hazard and the risk control measures for the hazard by reference to compliance with a code of practice approved under section 20 of the Act [my emphasis added]
There are more than 50 amendments that will need to be considered by organisations whose business involves the use and management of dangerous goods.