Hazardous Substances Storage Procedure

Procedure overview

1 Purpose

Ensures the University informs its Employees regarding the recording and storage of hazardous substances in the workplace.

2 Scope

Applicable to all Faculties and Departments within the University.

3 Procedure Overview

The University has an obligation under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld) to ensure that all substances are stored in compliance with this regulation.

4 Procedures

4.1 Overall responsibility for compound

The University Safety team will maintain responsibility for the overall management of the Chemicals Store (Z5) and will be responsible for maintaining and controlling a register of all appointed and authorised persons.

4.2 Appointment of authorised person/s

Each faculty and department will appoint and authorise a person/s to manage their allocated area, to ensure compliance with University Procedures.

4.3 Authorised entry to storage compound

No University Employee is to enter the storage compound unaccompanied. At least one of the persons must be the Authorised Person.

4.4 MSDS register

Each faculty and department must keep a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Register of all substances stored in the compound. The Register is to be kept in the storage compound.

4.5 Storage manifest

Each faculty and department must keep accurate records of the quantities of each substance stored in this compound.

4.6 Labelling

Each faculty and department must ensure that all containers are correctly labelled as per the legal requirements.

4.7 Waste storage

Each faculty and department must ensure that all waste substances are stored correctly in the designated areas.

All containers must be correctly labelled as per the legal requirements.

4.8 Housekeeping

Spillage of any kind must be cleaned up immediately, using the provided spill kit. All spills must be reported to the Supervisor and the University Safety team immediately. NOTE: Refer to Spill Response Procedure for further Information.

Each faculty and department is to ensure that the compound is left in a clean and tidy state.

Containers, of any size, must not be stored in access ways.

All instances of untidiness are to be reported to the University Safety team for follow up attention.

4.9 Training

Each Authorised Person/s, appointed by the faculty and department, must undertake the following training.

  • Storage compound orientation
  • ChemWatch database use
  • Emergency Procedures training in the use of fire extinguishers and spill kit

5 References

Nil.

6 Schedules

This procedure must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

7 Procedure Information

Subordinate Schedules

Accountable Officer

Executive Director (Campus Services)

Responsible Officer

Executive Director (Campus Services)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

13/6/2019

Effective Date

20/5/2019

Review Date

3/4/2022

Relevant Legislation

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)

Related Policies

Work Health and Safety Policy

Related Procedures

Related forms, publications and websites

Hazardous Substance Procedures Manual

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Employee

A person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University....moreA person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University.

Procedure

An operational instruction that sets out the process to operationalise a Policy....moreAn operational instruction that sets out the process to operationalise a Policy.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this procedure only

Supervisor

Any person responsible for leading the activities of others. In the context of this Procedure, a Supervisor includes Employees at any classification level or title who have responsibilities for leading, managing or supervising work teams and/or individual Employees.

Keywords

Storage, hazardous substances, SDS, Labelling, waste storage

Record No

13/335PL

Complying with the law and observing Policy and Procedure is a condition of working and/or studying at the University.

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