The Dangerous Substances Team of ORS WorkCover administers the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 and the Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulations 2004.
The Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulations 2004 provide a comprehensive regulatory regime for the handling of all types of explosives. Given the high-risk nature of this class of dangerous substances, the regime is based on licences and permits that allow the handling of explosives.
Explosives are defined as Dangerous Goods of Class 1. Explosives have a variety of uses that range from use of high explosives in quarry blasting to use of pyrotechnics designed to produce special effects in the entertainment industry.
Requirements under Dangerous Substances Legislation
The Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulations 2004 provide for the issuing of licences and/or permits relating to all aspects involving explosives. Licences or permits covered include:
The Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulations 2004 also set specific requirements for the use of explosives in or by workplaces and deal with the following requirements: