Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

Signage

2.5 Duty of PCBU to display signage: general duty

(1)

This regulation applies to a workplace where—

(a)

quantities of a hazardous substance with a hazard classification specified in the first column of the table in Schedule 3 and in a form specified in the second column of that table, that exceed the quantity specified for that classification in the third column of that table are present; or

(b)

more than 50 kg of LPG, propane, butane, or isobutane is present within a building; or

(c)

any quantity of LPG, propane, butane, isobutane, or other flammable gas refrigerant is present in an integral part of a refrigeration system that is contained in a machinery room as defined in AS/NZS 5149.1: 2016, AS/NZS 5149.2: 2016, AS/NZS 5149.3: 2016, and AS/NZS 5149.4: 2016—Refrigerating systems and heat pumps—Safety and environmental requirements; or

(d)

more than 250 kg of LPG, propane, butane, or isobutane is present in a place other than a building.

(2)

The PCBU with management or control of the workplace must ensure that—

(a)

the signage required by regulation 2.6 is displayed; and

(b)

the content, presentation, and positioning of the signage comply with that regulation; and

(c)

the signage meets the following requirements for comprehensibility, clarity, and durability:

(i)

the signage is in English:

(ii)

the signage is readily understandable:

(iii)

abbreviations and acronyms are not used unless they are in common English usage and the term described by the abbreviation or acronym is used at least once on the signage:

(iv)

all required information is clearly visible and legible at a distance of not less than 10 m under varying conditions (for example, rain or poor light):

(v)

the signage is made of materials that are durable, are resistant to sunlight, and require minimal maintenance.

(2A)

This regulation applies to a hazardous substance referred to in—

(a)

regulation 2.7 (transit depots) only to the extent set out in regulation 2.7(1)(b):

(b)

regulation 2.9 (milking animals) only to the extent set out in regulation 2.9(1)(b).

(3)

Subclause (1)(a) does not apply to anhydrous ammonia that is contained in plant in which anhydrous ammonia is used as a refrigerant.

(4)

Subclause (2)(c)(iv) does not apply to signage at a service station where E10, E85, petrol, or diesel is stored for the refuelling of vehicles of the general public if the signs are clearly visible and legible at the point of refuelling.

(5)

A person who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—

(a)

for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $6,000:

(b)

for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $30,000.

Compare: SR 2001/123 r 42 and SR 2001/124 r 51

Regulation 2.5(1)(c): amended, on 1 December 2017, by regulation 8(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Amendment Regulations 2017 (LI 2017/285).

Regulation 2.5(2A): inserted, on 1 December 2017, by regulation 8(2) of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Amendment Regulations 2017 (LI 2017/285).