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There are different guidelines for storing small quantities of dangerous goods depending on what type of building it is.
In commercial buildings, factories, workshops, hospitals and warehouses up to 250 litres of flammable liquids can be stored:
Mixed classes of dangerous goods are generally limited to up to 250kg or litres provided they are general retail dangerous goods.
A guide for storage at private residences is:
Up to 250 litres of mixed classes of dangerous goods can be stored in a residential outdoor building provided all the dangerous goods are in consumer commodity pack sizes purchased from a retailer for private home use.
For commercial buildings, factories, workshops, hospitals and warehouses 250kg or litres of general dangerous goods are considered minor amounts when in consumer packaging (oil base paints, caustic cleaners, methylates spirits, turpentine etc and aerosol cans). Provided these dangerous goods are kept in a cool dry and well-ventilated area in their original sealed containers, the risks associated with spills leaks and fire should be reduced to reasonable levels.
Many building owners use fire safety cabinets with a capacity to hold up to 250 litres. These cabinets are not mandatory but do provide an extra level of safety and assist in keeping the dangerous goods in one area. Aerosols, tins of paint and corrosive products can be stored in the same cabinet provided they have their own spill trays and are not placed directly above the aerosols cans.
For more information on storage of minor quantities of dangerous goods, read:
Further guidance can be found at worksafe.vic.gov.au.
For further advice contact WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089.
From 10 August 2011 all vehicles using the bridge must weight no more than 30 tonnes(exceptions are trams). This load limit will apply until further notice.
The restrictions have been put in place to enable maintenance works to take place.
VicRoads has suggested alternate routes for heavy vehicles – trucks travelling along Victoria Street/Barkers Road can use Burnley Street, Bridge Road and Church Street.
In both incidents the driver / operator was injured. If seatbelts are not worn, the driver is not restrained from ejection from the vehicle and significant and perhaps fatal injuries are possible during a rollover. A truck driver can fall at least 2.5 metres from their seat to the other side of the cabin and sustain significant injuries from being thrown around inside a rolling vehicle. Unsecured drivers may also be ejected from the cabin and crushed by the rolling vehicle.
MPD Management Responsibilities
Could all Contract Administrators and Surveillance Managers ensure Contractors conduct Risk Assessments for mobile plant and vehicle work near embankments and excavations, and that risk controls eliminate or substantially reduce the risk of a fall or roll over from height.
In compliance with Plant Regulations 711 (1) and 711 (2) and in addition to any controls to prevent a fall or roll over, all plant working near excavations, maintenance pits, verges, ramps or embankments shall be fitted with Roll Over Protection (ROP’s) or Cabins and fitted with Seat Belts. The wearing of seat belts should be mandatory in this situation to prevent ejection and crushing of the operator by the plant during the rollover.
Under the Plant Regulations 106 (4), vehicles such as Trucks require the same consideration when being operated on a road construction project. In addition to the activity risk assessment considering the risk of a roll over, the wearing of seat belts during the movement of all vehicles on site must be an essential consideration to reduce injuries and prevent fatalities should any traffic incident occur on site. In effect, the rules should not differ from travel on a public road.
The wearing of Seat Belts during all plant and vehicle movements on road construction sites, in addition to speed restrictions, signage and the delineation of ‘edges’ so far as practicable, shall be included in activity risk assessments and are recommended for inclusion in site safety rules.