7. Placarding and Signs


These procedures provide guidelines for the placarding of storage areas containing hazardous substances at the University.  Placards are warning signs which are designed to alert emergency services, people at the workplace and the general public to the location and type of substances stored. Placarding must be done on individual rooms, levels and buildings where hazardous substances are stored.

7.1  Legal Requirements

The Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011 requires placarding for dangerous goods kept at a premises in excess of specified quantities.

Placards are required for all those substances which are specified as dangerous goods by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG 7).

If more than specified minimum quantities of various substances are held, the Category 4 Delegate must ensure that appropriate placards are clearly displayed.

7.2  Signs

A sign should:

(a) comply with the requirements of Australian Standard, AS 1319 Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment; and

(b) be constructed of durable material and in a way that permits the sign to be clearly visible and permanently displayed.

If  the Chemwatch system identifies the need for placarding for a room, a level or a building the placarding must be put in place and signs must be to the Australian Standard, AS 1319.

Refer to Section 4.1 - Register/Inventory of Hazardous Substances.

7.3  USQSafe Contact

Manager, USQSafe

7.4  Status

Published October 1998
Reviewed October 2009
Reviewed November 2012

7.5  References

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