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


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 general description of the major incident that includes—


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


details of the hazardous substances involved; and


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


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


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


The operator must notify—


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


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


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


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


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

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