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Spill control: a legal requirement

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Ensuring spill control equipment is available on industrial sites is not just a good idea, it is the law. Onsite spills can pose many dangers and are therefore covered in both OHS and Environment legislation.

Environment protection legislation in all states requires that equipment is on hand, staff have been trained and procedures are in place to ensure leaks and spills are contained and prevented from damaging the environment.

Section 174Y of the NSW OH&S Regulation states:

(3) In the event of a spill or leak of dangerous goods, the occupier must ensure that:
(a) immediate action is taken to reduce any risk associated with the spill or leak so far as is reasonably practicable, and
(b) the dangerous goods and any resulting effluent are, as soon as reasonably possible, cleaned up and disposed of or otherwise made safe.

Breeches of laws regarding spill control can result in fines of up to $5 million and seven years jail. Spill Station Australia representatives and distributors can offer advice on meeting these legal requirements.

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