Spill Station Australia has noted that an amendment to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act came into force on February 29th this year.
The new regulation requires businesses to develop, implement and test pollution incident response plans for all licensed activities.
The plans must include:
- description and likelihood of hazards
- pre-emptive actions to be taken
- inventory of pollutants
- safety equipment
- communicating with neighbours and the community
- minimising harm to persons on the premises
- actions to be taken during or immediately after a pollution incident; and
- staff training.
Current license holders have a phase in period of six months to ensure compliance with the new regulation, but new operations will need to comply prior to becoming operational.
This new regulation also changes pollution incident notification protocols.
Spill Station has a range of spill response products and services to assist in complying with this new regulation.