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S8C5 - ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND LEGISLATED REQUIREMENTS

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INTRODUCTION

RESPONSIBILITIES

LEGAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

DISCHARGE OF A CONTROLLED EXTINGUISHING AGENT

Form AD 777—Discharge of a Controlled Extinguishing Agent

Subsequent Report

INTRODUCTION

1. The main objectives of environmental management are:

  1. Sustainable use of the Defence estate by the implementation of responsible environmental practices.
  2. Compliance with Commonwealth Environmental Legislation, State and Local Government regulations and international agreements as required.

2. Because of the broad scope of its activities, ADFs impact on the environment may include land degradation, air and water pollution, unexploded ordnance, noise, and use of toxic and hazardous substances. Energy issues and the handling and transport of dangerous goods and munitions may also result in adverse impacts. Environmental attributes, such as endangered species, and cultural interests may be threatened by such impacts.

3. This chapter outlines the environmental considerations relevant to ADF aviation maintenance.

RESPONSIBILITIES

4. The 1995 Defence Environmental Review identified the following ADF environmental responsibilities:

  1. To comply with Australian obligations concerning environmental protection with respect to the conduct of ADF exercises and operations.
  2. To comply with Australian obligations in respect of the environmental management of ADF bases.
  3. To comply with Australian obligations in respect of environmental aspects of the design, construction, and introduction into service, operation and disposal of ADF equipment.
  4. To comply with Australian obligations in respect of energy management in the operation of ADF equipment, facilities, aircraft and vehicles.
  5. To consider noise and pollution aspects of ADF aircraft and other equipment.
  6. To comply with environmental and Work Health and Safety (WHS) aspects in the handling, storage, transport and use of ammunition, toxic and hazardous substances.

5. All members of the ADF are responsible to ensure that the ADF meets or exceeds its environmental responsibilities. It is incumbent for all ADF members to be familiar with their environmental responsibilities and to meet those responsibilities.

6. The responsibility for control of environmental management within the Defence Organisation lies with Defence Support and Reform Group (DSRG) in Canberra. Advice and authority regarding the implementation of a suitable system in order to effectively control and handle environmental issues at a local/Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) level (based on AS/NZ ISO 14001:2004—Environmental Management Systems) must be obtained from DSRG prior to implementation.

LEGAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

7. The CDF and commanders at all levels must continue to meet all legal and ethical obligations during the execution of ADF operations.

8. It is a particular characteristic of environmental legislation in Australia that the directors of a business, the senior staff, and even operating employees can be held responsible for contraventions of environmental legislation. With the introduction of the ‘National Environment Protection Council (Implementation of national environment protection measures) Bill’, ADF commanders will be subject to State or Territory regulatory obligations for a range of stringent environmental standards previously unregulated at the Commonwealth level.

DISCHARGE OF A CONTROLLED EXTINGUISHING AGENT

9. To comply with the ADF requirement for reporting unplanned controlled extinguishing agent discharges, AMOs must in accordance with DI(G) LOG 4–3–022—Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases Manual and DEFLOGMAN Part 2 Vol 3 Chapter 3—Management of Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse gases used in Fire Protection Systems report the occurrence of the discharge within five days.

10. Most common controlled extinguishing agents used in Defence include: Halon 1202, 1211 and 1301, BCF, FM 200NAF S–111 and Halotron. Further controlled extinguishing agents are listed in DI(G) LOG 4–3–022 and DEFLOGMAN Part 2 Vol 3.

Form AD 777 - Discharge of a Controlled Extinguishing Agent

11. The occurrence of the unplanned controlled extinguishing agent discharge must be reported using Form AD 777.

12. Distribution of the Report. Copies of Form AD 777 must be forwarded to:

  1. Joint Logistics Command in accordance with Form AD 777 instructions
  2. AMSPO Product Manager—ACS

    Building L7–1

    RAAF Base Williams

    LAVERTON VIC 3027

    NOTE

    Navy AMOs. Additional to paragraph 12, copies must be forwarded to: Headquarters–Fleet Air Arm, DGNAVCERTSAFE, FLTSUPFOR and MAROPS.

Subsequent Report

13. Where a controlled extinguishing agent discharge causes injury to personnel, the incident must be reported in accordance with WHS Manual Vol 2 Part 5 Chap 1 - Notification and Reporting, the requirements of the Defence WHS Branch website and Defence Work Health and Safety management System - Sentinel "WHS Event Reporting".

14. In addition, further reporting must be carried out in accordance with, as applicable:

  1. Air Force Agencies: AAP 6730.001—Air Force Safety Manual Part 2 Section 5 Chapter 1—Notification and Reporting.
  2. Army Agencies: ArmySAFE Manual and DI(A) ADMIN 23–2—Management of Reportable Incidents.
  3. Navy Agencies: ABR 6303—Navy Safety Systems Manual Part 2 Chapter 6—Reporting and Notification.
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