Major hazard facilities (MHF) are sites that store, handle and process large quantities of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods, including explosives and fuels.
These sites are regulated under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation Act (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations (WHS Regulations).
All Northern Territory sites that are determined as MHFs are required to hold a licence under the WHS Act and must comply with stringent requirements, including preparation of a safety case, to ensure they are operated safely.
Under WHS Regulations, operators of any facility where hazardous chemicals are present or likely to be present in a quantity that exceeds 10% the threshold quantity detailed in Schedule 15 of the WHS Regulations, are required to provide certain information to NT WorkSafe using the 'Major hazard facility notification form'.
Some examples of MHF notification thresholds:
Under the WHS Act, operators of determined MHFs have an obligation to:
NT WorkSafe has published MHF guidance material to assist MHF operators to meet their obligations. The currently available guides are:
Developing a safety case outline (pdf 273 kb)Emergency plans (pdf 1.5 Mb)Information, training and instruction for workers and other persons at the facility (pdf 266 kb)Notification and determination (pdf 401 kb)Preparation of a safety case (pdf 314 kb)Providing information to the community (pdf 257 kb)Safety assessment (pdf 372 kb)Safety case: Demonstrating adequacy of safety management systems and control measures (pdf 214 kb)Safety management systems (pdf 185 kb)
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