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Dangerous goods licences due for five-year renewal

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A warning has been sent out to shot firers and mining truck drivers that their dangerous goods security cards are about to expire.

The WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has said that there could be significant consequences for mining workers who miss the July 15 cut-off date for licence renewals.

Acting resources safety director Dr Ivor Roberts said if renewal forms are not submitted in time by workers their security clearances will be automatically cancelled.

“Certain licences, such as those held by shot firers and truck drivers who transport explosives and ammonium nitrate, will also automatically expire,” he said.

“This could have significant impact on people whose employment is contingent on them holding a valid dangerous goods security card.

“Although we have sent letters out to card holders informing them if their card is due for renewal, some fly-in fly-out workers may have missed the letter arriving in the mail, or may be leaving it until the last minute.”

In order to re-apply for a security clearance a full re-assessment by police and other agencies is required, which takes around eight weeks.

The cards were first issued in WA in 2009 as a counter-terrorism measure, and require renewal every five years.

The DMP has encouraged all workers to check expiry dates on their dangerous goods security card to see if it requires renewal, as around 6000 of the 18,000 cards in WA will require renewal next week.

Renewal can be carried out for $42 on the DMP website, or call (08) 9358 8002.

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