Updated: Dec 2, 2020
If you have a dangerous goods site in Western Australia chances are you have a dangerous goods site licence. Maybe you recently bought a service station or have just started as a warehouse manager. You think you have a dangerous goods site licence but you don't know if it's still valid? Read on to find out how to make sure you're covered and not breaking the law!
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WHAT IS A DANGEROUS GOODS SITE LICENCE?
In Western Australia sites are required by law to have a licence to store dangerous goods if they meet certain criteria. These site licences are issued by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and involve a stringent application process to ensure that all dangerous goods at the facility are stored and handled safely and in accordance with the legislation.
The amount you can store without a site licence varies depending on the product, some products you can only have less than 50kg!
If you aren't sure if you need a dangerous goods site licence, get in touch and we'll help you work it out.
Copies of a dangerous goods site licence are posted out to the site on approval and look similar to the example below.
If you don't have a copy of your licence, you can submit a request to DMIRS. Under the freedom of information act, they can provide you with all the documentation submitted to them in the original licence application submitted for your site.
WHAT TO CHECK?
Check the following items:
1. The expiry date in the top right hand corner has not passed. Licences are typically valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
2. The business name and address matches your site.
3. The products, quantities and depot / tank ID numbers exactly match your current storage onsite. (Quantities are typically the maximum capacity of your storage facilities)
4. You are complying with all technical conditions assigned when the licence was granted.
5. If your site plan or emergency response plan has changed since the licence was issued, you may need to update the DMIRS with the changes.
If it's valid, great! Make sure you continue to store your dangerous goods safely and in compliance with all the regulations. Check your Dangerous Goods Risk Assessment for the specifics. Remember that any changes to your site need to be reflected in the risk assessment.
If it's not valid, you may need to amend or renew your licence. You can find out more about this process on the DMIRS website or you can get in touch with an expert for some advice.
This article was prepared as general guidance only and based on information current at time of publication. The use of this information is at the reader's own risk, Cadre Engineering accepts no liability for any outcomes of following this guidance. For expert advice, specific to your needs, please get in touch.