Location compliance certificates

You may require a location compliance certificate if you store or use explosive, flammable, oxidising, toxic or corrosive substances and the quantity exceeds the thresholds specified in the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

For example, a hazardous substance location exists where you hold more than:

  • 100 kg of LPG or
  • 50 litres of petrol

To check whether a hazardous substance location exists for the substances at your site you should search the database of Approved hazardous substances with controls(external link) and find out whether a location compliance certificate is required.

Do I need a location compliance certificate?

If you identify a hazardous substance location at your site, you will need a location compliance certificate.

How do I get a location compliance certificate?

You must engage a compliance certifier to obtain the location compliance certificate. Search the compliance certifier register(external link) to find a compliance certifier who may issue the certificate.

A location compliance certificate is issued for 1 year for explosive, flammable and oxidising substances.  You can apply to WorkSafe to extend this to 3 years if you meet certain requirements.

Application for an extension of a location compliance certificate (PDF 668 KB)

A location compliance certificate is issued for 3 years if you have toxic and corrosive substances.

Notification of new hazardous substance location

If you are commissioning a new hazardous substance location you must notify WorkSafe at least 30 working days before commissioning the hazardous substance location.  The following notification form should be used.

Notification of commissioning of hazardous substance location or transit depot (PDF 49 KB)

For LPG locations the time requirement is 5 working days prior to commissioning.