Trackable waste transporter pollution incident response management plan

The EPA has prepared an optional template for use by licensed transporters of trackable wastes in preparing their pollution incident response management plans. Trackable waste transporters have a different set of requirements for their PIRMPs because they fall under transport regulations. The template has been designed to simplify compliance with the new requirements.

The template cannot be used if the environment protection licence includes activities other than transportation of trackable waste.

Requirements for developing a waste transporter PIRMP

  • the trackable waste transporter's PIRMP must be relevant to each vehicle transporting trackable waste and the waste being transported
  • aspects of the plan relating to incident or emergency management must be carried in a easily accessible place within the vehicle's cabin. This includes the required documentation relating to the load being transported and communication protocols
  • a complete current copy of the plan must be kept in an accessible location at the company premises
  • the plan must be provided immediately on request to emergency services, the EPA, SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover) or the local council
  • this template may be used where the plan will not form a part of another document and will be a stand-alone pollution incident response management plan.

Trackable waste transporter PIRMP template

Download the trackable waste transporter PIRMP (DOC 108KB)

To develop your PIRMP, this template is to be used in conjunction with:

The EPA will not endorse any individual PIRMP or its content. It is the responsibility of the licensee to meet their obligations under part 5.7A of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 to prepare, keep, test and implement a PIRMP.

Additional requirements

  • Dangerous goods waste and scheduled waste transporters should already have emergency response plans with many of the components required to develop a PIRMP. Dangerous goods transporters (including those goods designated as wastes) are required to prepare a transport emergency response plan (TERP). These plans may only require minor changes and a reference in the PIRMP to satisfy the above requirements.
  • The PIRMP does not replace legislative requirements or relevant chemical control orders. PIRMPs are not intended to result in duplication or an unnecessary burden on industry. If plans or documentation required by other legislation satisfy the requirements of the PIRMP, then these may be referenced rather than duplicated.
  • Under Section 3.4.2 of the Environmental Guidelines: Preparation of Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (communication with the community), where community notification is required following a pollution incident involving trackable waste, this will usually be led by the incident controller from emergency services (NSW Police Force or Fire & Rescue NSW). Consult the incident controller about what community notification, if any, should be undertaken. It is important that any community notification undertaken by the waste transporter company complements actions initiated by the incident controller.
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