Introduction

Dangerous goods include any material that poses an immediate hazard to people, property or the environment. They are present in most businesses, even smaller ones, especially in manufacturing, mining, medical and transport logistics.

Dangerous goods can manifest their harm in a myriad of ways, for example readily combustible materials that can spontaneously burst into flame when not stored or transported properly, or even worse, explode. They can also be poisonous, corrosive, noxious or can suddenly decompose. Even common chemicals found throughout the workplace environment may initially seem harmless, but if they are mishandled or mixed by poorly trained staff, they can suddenly become lethal. One small mistake can lead to a catastrophe.

In addition, industrial workplaces must be designed, constructed and modified to accommodate dangerous goods and restricted products in terms of ventilation, labelling, containers, fire safety precautions, lockable storage, alarms, secure doors and windows, electrical wiring complying with regulations, non-flammable cladding, stand-by medical equipment etc.

Staff must also be trained (and even licensed where applicable) in the proper use, storage, transport, documentation and disposal of hazardous materials. Employees must be aware of the regulations restricting the use of the dangerous goods as many are not permitted to be accessible by the general public. Some of these regulations may be imposed by the state or federal government, but some dangerous goods can be subject to international law.

These issues are the legal responsibility of the employer.

If you are not completely sure about any of these issues, contact one of our qualified professional experts for advice.

There are nine classes of dangerous goods:

  • Class 1 Explosives
  • Class 2 Gases: Compressed, Liquefied or Dissolved Under Pressure
  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 Oxidizing Substances and Organic Peroxides
  • Class 6 Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive Materials
  • Class 8 Corrosive Substances and Articles
  • Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods (e.g. genetically modified organisms (GMOs))

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Experts in the field of dangerous goods and restricted products are often needed to conduct cause and management investigations for litigation following injury, loss or damage.

Experts qualified in the use of dangerous goods and restricted products can determine the specific characteristics and requirements of a business premise to assess whether it is compliant and safe.

They can also bring you up to date with all the relevant laws and practices and keep you informed as things change.

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Relevant Articles What does the law 'say' about the safe management of chemicals?

Legislation does not usually specify exactly what you must do to manage chemical hazards, only the performance objectives that must be met.

Importing prohibited and restricted goods

The Australian Government controls the import of certain goods into Australia. This page provides a list of categories of prohibited or restricted goods.

Relevant Cases Environment Protection Authority v Hill; Environment Protection Authority v Stockwell International Pty Ltd [2017] NSWLEC 72

The defendants pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to ensure that dangerous goods transported by road were transported in a safe manner, contrary to s9(1) of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008 (DG Act).

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Profiles of Experts in Business - Dangerous goods, restricted products

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field. Please contact our office to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget. Expert Experts are experts in finding the right expert for your needs and you pay no more to use Expert Experts than if you searched and found the expert yourself.

  • #ID1996

Chemical Engineer / Safety, Health and Environment

ID1996 has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chemical Engineer with expertise in safety, health and environmental issues, dangerous goods, hazardous chemicals, process reviews and project management across a vast array of industries.


  • #ID12521

Dangerous Goods and Chemical Safety

ID12521 is a workplace safety consultant with expertise in relation to dangerous goods and chemicals. He is extremely well-versed in the interpretation of state, national and international legislation and codes relating to the storage, handling, transport and use of such substances.


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