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Choosing a path in the arts

It's a bit of a myth that great artists are born great. Great artists need support and development by great teachers. I am really passionate about arts education, as I think it can be too easy for people to just look at the end result and forget all of the practise and training that goes into producing a great artist. This blog is all about demystifying arts education and showing how anyone can become a better artist. It will be useful for budding artists, but also for teachers and parents looking to inspire teenagers into further art education to improve their skills.

Choosing a path in the arts

Applying for the Dangerous Goods Licence

by Dylan Olson

Dangerous goods training and licencing is essential for ensuring that employees and companies are adhering to proper health and safety protocols. Employers have a moral and legal obligation to minimize risk of injury and even death to both employees and members of the public. Region specific information can be found on government websites on the internet that have appropriate contact details for the relevant courses and paperwork required. However it is often difficult to know when a dangerous goods licence and training is needed. Below is a quick overview of the legislation in place to help give an idea of when a licence is required. 

1. When is a Licence Required

Under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007, a licence is required when transporting dangerous materials weighing over 500kg or in a container carrying over 500L. For those working within a mining site, working with a licence issued from another state or territory or transporting goods in packages a new licence is not required. It is always a good idea to seek professional advice when considering whether you or your employees need a licence. When in doubt it is better to call the relevant authorities than be caught off guard.

2. How long does it last for?

Any issued licence lasts for 5 years at which point it must be renewed. A renewal notification will be sent 3 months prior to expiration to allow adequate time to reapply and ensure employees are legally able to continue working. Make sure everyone is aware of their renewal dates to minimise the risk of having employees without the necessary documentation which could could cause a delay in productivity if they are unable to work. 

3. What is needed to apply

All the information and supporting documentation needed to apply can be found on the Dangerous Goods Act 2007 General Information Page. Employers should make the act freely available to all employees so they can make sure they are covered by law to transport dangerous goods. It also shows due diligence on behalf of the company and helps to share the responsibility among employers and employees.

Region specific information can be found online and is available to everyone. Having employees with the necessary training and licensing will not only assist in their own professional development, it will also allow the company to operate in the most effective and safest manner possible.