Health and Safety at Work (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2016

Notification requirement following major incident

67 Duty to notify local community and local authority in event of major incident

(1)

If a major incident occurs at a major hazard facility, the operator must take reasonable steps to provide the local community and the relevant local authority with information about the major incident, including—

(a)

a general description of the major incident that includes—

(i)

the nature of the major incident (for example, fire, explosion, or spillage); and

(ii)

details of the hazardous substances involved; and

(iii)

the likely consequences of the major incident and its likely effects on health and safety; and

(b)

the recommended actions that the members of the local community and the local authority should take to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety; and

(c)

a description of the actions the operator has taken or proposes to take to prevent the occurrence of a similar major incident.

(2)

The operator must notify—

(a)

the local community in a manner and using a format that is readily accessible to the local community to enable the local community to be aware of the information; and

(b)

the local authority by means of a notice to the local authority’s electronic address and postal address.

(3)

An operator who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—

(a)

for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $10,000:

(b)

for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $50,000.

Compare: Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Aust) r 573