Under the Australian Dangerous Goods Code the design of a tank that is used for dangerous goods transport must be approved by the competent authority before it can be used to transport dangerous goods. This includes tanks that form an integral part of a tank vehicle, and portable or demountable tanks used for dangerous goods transport.
Dangerous goods: NSW overview
The EPA regulates the transport of dangerous goods in NSW. Dangerous goods are substances and objects that pose acute risks to people, property and the environment due to their chemical or physical characteristics.
Dangerous Goods Tank Vehicle Inspection Manual
Dangerous goods tank vehicles must be maintained so they are safe and comply with legislative requirements. In conjunction with industry, the EPA has prepared an inspection manual to assist operators, repairers and regulators ensure that tank vehicles meet these requirements.
Controls and when they apply
Different controls apply for transporting dangerous goods depending on the size and weight of the container and the quantity of goods. These controls are requirements that protect the driver, the stability of goods being transported and the environment.
Licensing and training
The EPA can issue exemptions from certain parts of the dangerous goods laws or the Dangerous Goods Code where industry can demonstrate it is not reasonably practicable to comply and the exemption will not result in any increased risk to the environment and human health.
The EPA can make determinations on the way certain dangerous goods may or may not be transported, and determinations relating to the use of specific routes or vehicles.
Tank design approvals
Under the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, the design of a tank that is used for dangerous goods transport must be approved by the competent authority before it can be used to transport dangerous goods.
Dangerous goods public register
The Dangerous Goods public register contains information about the transport of dangerous goods required under the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) 2008 and regulations, including information about driver and vehicle licences.