Safety blitz on dangerous chemicals in Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria this week will lead a blitz on industrial premises in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs to ensure that dangerous chemicals are being stored correctly.

Safety inspectors will visit sites to ensure compliance with regulations about the labelling, storage, and handling of chemicals, and have the correct emergency controls and safety equipment. Inspectors from the Environment Protection Agency will join them.

The inspections will start in the vicinity of the factory fire on Somerville Rd, Tottenham, and will work through the surrounding industrial areas in suburbs including West Footscray and Braybrook.

Enforcement notices will be issued to those who are not complying with the regulations.

“Dangerous chemicals pose a serious risk to the health and safety of everyone in the community. Those risks are the same regardless of whether the chemicals are at a workplace or on a private property with no employees,” said WorkSafe’s Chief of Business Operations, Marnie Williams.

“I would urge anyone who is operating any type of industrial site to take stock of the chemicals they have and ensure they are being stored and handled correctly, not just to avoid enforcement action, but for the safety of everyone.”

Victoria’s code of practice for the storage and handling of dangerous goods is available here.

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