Dangerous Goods

What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous goods are defined in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADGC) and States Regulations and are classified according to the predominant type of risk. This risk is measured by the immediacy of effect on people, property and the environment.

These effects will often be:


States Regulations provide for various levels of regulatory reporting and often require prescriptive detail to be provided for design and control of storage and handling facilities, in particular Major Hazard Facilities.

Note: States Regulations may sometimes modify the definitions in the ADGC or include substances such as Class C1 C2 (diesel fuel, oil and grease) for specific attention.

It is very important that States Regulations be consulted to identify regulatory obligations when dangerous goods quantities exceed certain amounts that are clearly specified in tables within those Regulations.

It is also important to note that the Regulating Body varies from State to State.

In some States this regulatory obligation includes agreement on emergency planning with Fire and other Authorities, for example, the Environmental Protection Agencies. This is particularly so for Major Hazard Facilities.

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