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Paint Distribution Warehouse

The client, a contract warehousing operator was successful in winning the contract to warehouse and distribute the products of a national automotive paint manufacturer. This contract required the establishment of a paint warehouse of 600,000 litres capacity. The client elected to upgrade an existing warehouse.

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Richard Hall & Associates were engaged to advise on the Dangerous Goods Storage aspects of this project, and to prepare specifications and documentation for work to be carried out by other consultants and the builder as well as for submission to WorkCover in support of a Dangerous Goods Licence application.

As the establishment of this warehouse involved a change of use for the site to a Potentially Hazardous Storage Facility for Class 3 Dangerous Goods, a Development Application was required by local government. The site layout was developed to comply with Australian Standards and a Preliminary Hazard Assessment commissioned from a specialist associate. This and other information was provided to support the Project Manager's Development Application.

Specifications were then prepared for the upgrade works required to make the warehouse compliant with AS1940 "The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids". Fire ratings of the walls and steel structures were upgraded, walls were extended to form parapets above the roof, bunding was provided, mechanical ventilation specified and installed and appropriate fire protection measures provided.

Dangerous Goods Depot drawing specifications were made, and certification of their compliance with the Australian Standard prepared. A site plan and manifest for use by emergency services was prepared. Appropriate documentation was submitted to WorkCover to support a Dangerous Goods Licence Application.

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