Spill Control, A Legal Requirement for Australian BusinessNathan Cartwright
Ensuring spill control equipment is available on your site is not just a good idea, it is the law.
Because an onsite spill can pose many dangers, it is covered in both OHS and Environment legislation.
Section 174Y of the NSW OH&S Regulation states:
(3) In the event of a spill or leak of dangerous goods, the occupier must ensure that:
(a) immediate action is taken to reduce any risk associated with the spill or leak so far as is reasonably practicable, and
(b) the dangerous goods and any resulting effluent are, as soon as reasonably possible, cleaned up and disposed of or otherwise made safe.
Environment protection legislation in all states requires that equipment is on hand, staff have been trained and procedures are in place to ensure leaks and spills are contained and prevented from damaging the environment.
Breeches of these laws can result in fines of up to $5million and 7 years in jail.