The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) has been updated for hazardous substances and site plan drawings. It is now a requirement to have a HSWA Compliant Site Plan.
Our client required updated measurements of their heavy equipment site plans. The new regulations asked for an accurate representation of all hazardous elements, their atmosphere zones as well as existing safety features. This was a time-sensitive job as the client’s hazardous substances certification was due to expire and required a new site plan.
What is a HSWA compliant site plan?
It is a specific site plan created to help communicate the locations on a commercial property of hazardous elements. A HSWA compliant site plan is required to secure a Hazardous Substance Location (HSL) certificate. Here are some of the key elements that are required to be shown;
- The Site Plan must show (relative to the legal boundaries of the site) all Hazardous Substance Locations which contain class 2, 3, 4 or 5 substances.
For Class 2 or 3 substances the extent of the Hazardous Atmosphere Zone (i.e. an area where a flammable gas atmosphere exists or can be expected to exist) must also be shown which we can include in our drawings.
Other items such as Controlled Zones (i.e. distances between a hazardous substance location and an area of high or low intensity use) also needs to be shown.
A quality site plan will then ideally be drawn to scale, have all the distances marked, have a clearly identified legend, shaded areas etc which is all part of the service we offer when creating a site plan with our 20 years of commercial property measurement experience. Using our extensive experience in other survey types we can also help added features to your plan such as evacuation poitns, emergency equipment and more
Realserve chose to use our collective experience creating Industrial Site Plan measurements and Fire Evacuation Diagrams to create a HSWA Compliant Site Plan. In a day we measured the site, working with the branch manager to source the correct locations of dangerous goods store, atmosphere zones, signage, assembly points and other safety features required by Worksafe NZ to create their HSWA site plan.
We combined the existing and new information to create site plans to meet the new regulations that also enabled the client to use them for other purposes like;
Outdoor maintenance scheduling
Site security analysis.
Precision - collaboration on-site with the branch manager and their nominated Dangerous Goods Consultancy to produce site plans. Accurately identified all known hazardous substances and precisely identified the correct atmosphere zones.
Speed - the client had time for multiple revisions so that their site plan could be sighted and re-certified within the specified timeframe.
Options - these plans could be used for other purposes like car parking allocation, managing dedicated loading/unloading spaces and forward planning of any areas currently under utilised. The client could also have chosen to;
Obtain a Rentable Area Survey to confirm tenancy lease areas.
External Elevations for future signage proposals.
A Reflected Ceiling Plan for future lighting upgrades to meet any new targets or code changes.