Major Hazards 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.

Since 2013 Nyrstar Hobart (NH) has held a major hazard facility (MHF) licence, issued by WorkSafe Tasmania under the Tasmanian Work, Health and Safety Act 2012 (WHS Act). So what does that mean?

Under the WHS Act an organisation can be classified as a major hazard facility if they store certain quantities of hazardous chemicals.  Risk assessments for the storage, use and handling of hazardous chemicals are undertaken to minimise health and safety risks.  Once classed as an MHF, these assessments are documented and reported to WorkSafe Tasmania.  The management and control systems NH has in place are then audited annually by WorkSafe’s MHF specialists.

The MHF legislation requires NH to re-new its licence in 2017, then every five years thereafter.  This process involves reviewing and re-submitting previous assessments and ensuring you, our neighbours are aware of the sites status under this legislation.

The information below explains why we have been designated an MHF, sets out the processes and responsibilities we have under the legislation and details the types of Major Hazards that we make detailed safety plans for.

After reading the information, please contact us if you have any further questions.

People that live in the vicinity of Nyrstar are also encouraged to read our Neighbour Charter and to register for our Neighbour Direct information service

We adhere to all government legislation pertaining to the Dangerous Substances (Safe Handling) Act that was passed in 2005 as well as the Dangerous Substances (Safe Handling) Regulations passed in 2008.  For further information on these acts and the implications please click here

What Else Has Been Occurring?

We have been also working closely with our industrial neighbors. BOC Gases, just down the road has also been classified as an MHF. Both companies have been working together to understand any knock on effects that could occur on either site due to and event occurring. We have also been working with InCat, Impact Fertilizers and Transend to ensure they are aware of our classification, the Dangerous Substance Emergencies that may occur and what it means to them.

Community Consultation is also an important part of meeting our legislative requirements. Information has been sent to local residents and information is also presented as Community Consultation Meeting that occur during the year. We are also hoping to launch a website where the community can find out more information, not only about who we are, but what we do and also what to do in the event of an emergency.