Assessing risks the focus of new draft overview

DMP's Dangerous Goods branch has developed a draft Dangerous Goods Risk Assessment Overview.
Date: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

It is critical that the risks associated with transporting dangerous goods on Western Australian roads are minimised.

To help guide companies the Department of Mines and Petroleum's Dangerous Goods branch has developed a draft Dangerous Goods Transport Risk Assessment Overview.

Senior Dangerous Goods Officer Stephen Lane gave a presentation on the overview at the Transafe Forum held in Kalgoorlie earlier in April.

"The overview is designed to help companies assess the risks posed by transporting dangerous goods to ensure the risks are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP)," Mr Lane said.

"The draft risk template focuses primarily on the physical hazards of dangerous goods packages and the consolidation of goods onto trailers and into freight containers.

"It also itemises the inherent chemical risks associated with the nine classes of dangerous goods, from the perspective of the hazards confronting the carrier.

"And, finally, it examines the consignment system and procedural aspects of transport, including the activation of a company's Transport Emergency Response Plan."

Mr Lane said the draft template is available for comment until 27 May.