6. Storage

6.1  Legal Requirements

The storage of hazardous substances in work areas, laboratories or in a special chemical store must comply with any relevant statutory requirements including the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. Hazardous chemicals stored should be well-secured and access limited to authorised persons.

Storage of chemicals at the University should also comply with the Australian Standard, AS 2243.10. 2004 - Safety in Laboratories, Part 10:  Chemical Storage, as well as the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) code.

Advice should be obtained from USQSafe on suitable means of storage in order to minimise the risks.  Attachment 1 outlines a Guide for Storage.

6.2  Guidelines

6.2.1 Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG)

Dangerous goods covered under the Australian Code for the Transport of Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) must be segregated into their classes and sub-risk categories.  The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) contains reference to safe storage and handling methods.

Dangerous goods must be stored in accordance with all relevant local and State regulations including Toowoomba Regional Council regulations and the Queensland Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.  The ADG Code requires different classes of dangerous goods to be carried in separate vehicles, the University must ensure the different classes are stored in separate depots or the following distance apart at the workplace:

(a) for packaging group I dangerous goods - at least 5m;
(b) for other dangerous goods - at least 3m.

Refer to the chart in Attachment 1 - Guide for Storage.

6.2.2 Special hazards

Under the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons, Schedule 7 special poisons must be isolated.  The SDS for each substance should be checked for any storage issues.

Hazardous substances/ADG that have a special hazard not included in the previous dangerous goods or special poisons classification, such as carcinogens or combustible liquids or powders, should also be stored separately and be fully identified on the general shelves.

6.2.3 Incompatible Substances

Where there are chemicals that are incompatible within a storage group, it is essential that these materials are stored separately.  They must be identified and a barrier, such as a separate spill retaining system, used.  Incompatibility and reactivate issues are required to be identified in the SDS.

Store ALL liquids in a bund or spill tray in a specified cabinet.

For non-hazardous substances, a basic check in standard chemical references will be necessary for those liquid or powdered substances without SDS.

Refer to the QLD Government Work Health and Safety website Compatibility and Segregation Chart.

6.3  Packaging

Packaging includes any container or wrapping in which goods are offered for sale or transport.  For dangerous goods, international and local requirements for packaging must be complied with to enable safe handling & transportation.

Flammable liquids are assigned into three Packaging Groups in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2004 The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

Flammable liquids are classified as Dangerous Goods Class 3, and have been apportioned among three categories according to the degree of danger they present:

1. High Danger - Packaging Group I
2. Medium Danger - Packaging Group II
3. Minor Danger - Packaging Group III

The Toowoomba Regional Council, Environmental Manager is to be contacted if the quantity of Class 3 substances stored on the Toowoomba campus is above the minimum quantity.  All other Campuses are to contact their local Council for advice.  Refer to Schedule 1 of the Dangerous Goods Safety Management Regulation 2001 (Qld).

For more information on the dangerous goods classifications, refer to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail.  Also contact USQSafe for further information.

6.4  Placarding

Placarding must be part of the University's overall management plan for hazardous substances and ADG storage.  Placarding must be done on individual rooms, levels and buildings where hazardous substances are stored.

Refer to Section 7 - Placarding and Signs.

6.5  USQ Toowoomba Campus Bulk Chemicals Store Facility

A bulk chemicals store facility is located at the Toowoomba campus.  This facility can only be accessed during business hours by contacting USQSafe.  The person's accessing the facility must be accompanied by a USQSafe Safety Coordinator and must not enter nor remain in the facility alone.  All persons entering the facility must comply with all safety signage and must turn off all radios and mobile phones before entering.  USQSafe can be contacted as follows:

 Manager (USQ Safe)  Division 1   Division 2  Division 3 

 Michael Flannery

 Kath O'Donnell

 Robert Holmes
 Ph 07 4631 2194  Ph 07 4631 2901
 Ph 07 4631 1376  Ph 07 4631 1128
 Ext 2194  Ext 2901
 Ext 1376  Ext 1128
 Mobile 0417 728 918  Mobile 0412 174780
Mobile 0401 987 119  Mobile 0411 046602

6.5.1 Overall responsibility for compound

USQSafe will maintain responsibility for the overall management of the Hazardous Substances Storage Compound, and will be responsible for maintaining and controlling a register of all appointed and authorised persons.

6.5.2 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 USQ procedures.

6.5.3 Authorised entry to storage compound

University employees are not to enter the storage compound unaccompanied.  At least one of the persons must be the Authorised Person.

6.5.4 SDS 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.

6.5.5 Storage manifest

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

6.5.6 Labelling

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

6.5.7 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

6.5.8 Disposal of substances

Each Faculty and Department must ensure that all waste/unwanted substances are disposed of.

6.5.9 Housekeeping

Spillage of any kind must be cleaned up immediately, using the provided spill kit.  All spills must be reported to Supervisor and USQSafe 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 Manager (USQSafe) for follow up attention.

6.5.10 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

6.6 Emergency Response

In the event of an accidental release of a hazardous substance, the person nearest must alert all employees and students in the vicinity to move away from the area, closing all doors after evacuation. 

If a spill cannot be immediately contained, contact the Emergency Services by dialling ext 2222 (all hours). Advise the Building Warden who takes charge of any emergency procedures in the building and liaises with the Emergency Services.

For more information refer to Section 10 - Emergencies and Spills.

6.7  USQSafe Contact

Manager (USQSafe)

6.8 Status

Published October 1998
Reviewed October 2009
Reviewed October 2012

6.9 References

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 Hazardous Chemicals (Qld)
Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice 2003