Nyrstar Hobart is a 'Major Hazard Facility'

Safe Planning & Management of Our Operation

As our neighbours, we want to keep you safe and informed about our operations. Although the safeguards we have in place ensure that the likelihood of a major incident is extremely remote, we must be prepared for such an event.

Ensuring the safety of our employees and our local community is our top priority. Nyrstar Hobart (NH) uses and generates substances of a dangerous and hazardous nature as part of the zinc manufacturing process and has developed management systems for control of these to prevent harm.

Under the Tasmanian Work, Health and Safety Act 2012 (WHS Act), NH is classed as a ‘Major Hazard Facility’ (MHF) due to the presence of these substances on our site. In October 2013, Nyrstar Hobart was granted a licence by WorkSafe Tasmania to ‘Operate a Major Hazard Facility’.

Under this licence, NH has conducted a full review of substances held or generated on site and identified five potential ‘major incidents’. A ‘major incident’ is a term used in the legislation to describe a major, event or failure that potentially ‘exposes a person to a serious risk to health or safety’. A summary of these is provided below:

  1. Uncontrolled discharge of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Sulphur Trioxide (SO3) from the Acid Plant and Roasters
  2. Loss of control of Chlorine dosing chemicals
  3. Hydrogen explosion in Leach / Purification plants
  4. Loss of control of Hydrogen Peroxide
  5. LPG fire or explosion.

All these risks have been subject to a thorough review of control systems and processes to ensure their ongoing effectiveness to prevent an incident from occurring, and guide us in reducing the consequences in the unlikely event that any did occur. We have also conjointly reviewed our Emergency Plans and Procedures and Safety Management System.

The safety of our neighbours is paramount. We encourage all people that live in the vicinity of Nyrstar to read our Neighbour Charter and register for our Neighbour Direct information service.

If you would like any further information on Nyrstar Hobart’s status as a Major Hazard Facility please go to the Contact Us page.