ROLE OF COMPLIANCE CERTIFIERS
Compliance Certifiers are the only people approved by WorkSafe to inspect sites and issue compliance certificates required under the Regulations that confirm:
equipment meets the standards in the Regulations.
locations where hazardous substances are stored or used when the quantities held trigger certification meet the requirements relating to safe design and position of dangerous goods on site.
workers handling hazardous substances have appropriate qualifications.
Our Certifiers have had extensive experience with the Regulations and the practical issues arising from compliance. Where we do not breach the “conflict rules” in the Regulations, we can provide consultancy services in relation to many aspects of site design and process.
The Regulations are promulgated pursuant to the Health and Safety At Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 (HSWA).
STATIONARY CONTAINER CERTIFICATES
Stationary tanks or process containers that hold hazardous liquids or gases over specified quantities require a Stationary Container System Compliance Certificate that confirms compliance with specific requirements, which can include:
the design and installation of the tank or process container.
requirements for emergency management, including any secondary containment.
LOCATION COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATES
Location Compliance Certificates are required for flammable, oxidising, toxic or corrosive substances above certain quantities. To obtain a Location Compliance Certificate a business must demonstrate that the site complies with HSWA requirements specified in the regulations.
Trigger quantities for a Location Certificate for Class 2, 3, and 4 substances are: Schedule 9 Table 4
CLASS 6 AND 8 SUBSTANCES (TOXICS AND CORROSIVES)
Class 6.1A/B/C and Class 8.2A/B substances now require formal certification by a Compliance Certifier.
These audits are comprehensive and may require from half a day to a full day. Our Compliance Certifiers will examine your processes and personal protective equipment, storage locations, staff training and emergency preparedness to ensure you are compliant with the new Regulations.
CERTIFIED / APPROVED HANDLER CERTIFICATE
Acutely toxic substances, 6.1 A/B, require certified handler certification.
A Certified Handler’s Certificate is a new requirement under the Regulations, different from the past Approved Handler Certificate. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Amongst other requirements a Certified Handler must know and be able to explain:
4.3 Competency requirements for certified handlers
(1) Before being certified as a certified handler at a workplace, a person must know and be able to describe the following matters:
(a) the hazard classifications, properties, and adverse effects of those hazardous substances for which he or she is to be a certified handler:
(b) the requirements that are imposed by these regulations in relation to those hazardous substances:
(c) the requirements that are imposed under the HSNO Act in relation to those hazardous substances:
(d) any proposed conditions of the person’s compliance certificate as a certified handler:
(e) the precautions required to prevent injury or illness to any person at the workplace caused by any of those substances:
(f) the procedures to adopt in an emergency involving those substances:
(g) any variations of requirements, alternative means of compliance with requirements, or additional requirements specified in a relevant safe work instrument.
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