Hazardous substances are classified on the basis of physical and/or chemical risks, and the way they are managed is dependent on their properties. Requirements for your site will be triggered based on the quantity of substances of each class. HSNO legislation can be difficult to interpret in terms of your specific requirements for your site.
This course is designed to help you work out your requirements under the HSNO Act using a matrix of technical and legal information. Practical exercises will be used to demonstrate how to correctly classify the hazardous substance you are dealing with, and then to consider the quantities stored of each class and develop an inventory.
Key benefits of attending:
• Be able to determine key classifications for your hazardous substances
• Learn about your legal requirements including the key HSNO controls and legislation which must be complied with
• Understand how to work out the HSNO requirements for your site based on the substances stored
• Be able to prepare a hazardous substances inventory which lists the quantities of substances of each classification type and their hazardous properties to determine whether certain controls are triggered
Legal requirements for handling hazardous substances
• Key legislation covering the management of hazardous substances
• Updates on regulating government agencies and their requirements: EPA and Department of Labour
• Overview of HSNO Act and Regulations
• What is a Hazardous substance under HSNO?
• Types of controls required by the HSNO Regulations
• Other types of controls – HSNO Approvals, Group Standards, Transfer Gazette Notices
Hazardous substance class and sub-class classifications and relevant regulations
• Understanding basic criteria for classifying hazardous substances
• Classifications that link directly to key controls (e.g., location test certification, approved handlers)
• Flammable gases, liquids solids (classes 2, 3, 4)
• Oxidizing substances (class 5)
• Corrosive chemicals (class 8)
• Toxic chemicals (class 6)
• Ecotoxic chemicals (class 9) – aquatic, soil and terrestrial ecotoxicity requirements under HSNO
• Working out classifications from an Australian, US or European MSDS
• Tips for where and how to obtain details for a specific substance
Practical exercise: determining the classification of hazardous substances
Controls under HSNO
• Linking controls to classifications – including specifically transferred or approved substances, mixtures transferred under group standards
• Location test certification and hazardous atmosphere zones
• Approved handler test certification
• Tracking requirements
• Signage, labelling and safety data sheet requirements
• Person in charge
• Workplace Exposure Standards (WES)
• Emergency Response plans and secondary containment
Practical exercise: identifying legal controls, which ones are important and when are they required in specific cases
Case studies: Industry solutions to HSNO, how certain companies have achieved compliance for their hazardous substances
Hazardous substance inventories
• Developing an inventory
• Determining the controls which may apply
• Trigger quantities which will trigger the HSNO requirements
• Obligations and exclusions
• Working through an actual inventory – consideration of total quantities of certain classes
• Quantity ratio
• Working out the requirements for an entire site
Practical exercise: preparing a hazardous substances inventory that lists the substances at the site, their quantities and applications and hazardous properties to establish which controls apply
Suzanne has an MSc in Environmental Science and Chemistry as well as post grad qualifications in toxicology and occupational hygiene. She has over 20 years experience in management of hazardous substances with a focus on working with industry to establish and meet legal requirements, HSNO legislation and chemical risk management.
Suzanne is the founder and Principal Consultant for HaS Expertise Ltd which provides consulting on Health, Safety and Hazardous Substances. She is an experienced presenter, having been involved in numerous conferences and seminars, as well as ongoing training for spill response, hazardous substance awareness, person in charge, hazard management and approved handlers.
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