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January 2001 - FBT Operations receive Major Hazard Facility Status by WorkCover

The Occupational Health and Safety (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations came into effect on 1 July 2000. These regulations have been enacted to further promote the safe operation of major hazard facilities in Victoria.

The Regulations focus on the safety of people at major hazard facilities (workers, contractors and visitors), the safety of those who may be affected by an incident at a major hazard site (neighbours, local community) and the safety of property.

The Regulations give effect to the 1996 National Standard for control of major hazard facilities and are similar to the regulatory requirements for such sites in Europe and also on Australia's offshore oil and gas facilities.

A site will be considered a major hazard facility primarily if it stores, handles or processes quantities of dangerous chemicals or products above a threshold, as defined in Schedule 1 of the Regulations. Typically, such facilities include refineries, chemical and gas processing plants, LPG storage and distribution sites and even certain types of large warehouses and transport yards.

FBT Operations received the Major Hazards Facility classification due to its extensive storage and warehousing facilities on its West Footscray site. Major Hazards Facility status means FBT receive the highest level of attention from WorkCover and safety authorities to comply with the regulations and provide comfort to our client base that all tasks are carried out within the regulatory framework.