Public consultation for dangerous goods changes

Saturday, 16 April, 2005

NSW Commerce Minister, John Della Bosca has called for public comment on proposed new regulations for the safe management and control of explosives and other dangerous goods. "The new requirements are designed to allay public concern about the safety and security of dangerous goods facilities in NSW, as well as ensure a nationally consistent approach," said Della Bosca.

Comment and submissions are being sought by WorkCover NSW on the draft 'Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Dangerous Goods) Regulation 2005' and associated draft Code of Practice, as well as the 'Explosives Regulation 2005' and associated 'Regulatory Impact Statement'. "Under the Dangerous Goods Program, WorkCover NSW is liaising with other government agencies, industry and the wider community to update NSW's chemical management legislative framework," the Minister said. "The program is examining controls which minimise the likelihood of a chemical incident; emergency readiness and response to an incident; risk management; checks and controls for security-sensitive materials; and inter-agency cooperation," he said.

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