Preventing sulphur fires and explosions

The purpose of this code of practice is to establish reasonable safety and health protection requirements to eliminate or reduce the hazards of explosion and fire inherent in the processing and handling of sulphur, and mixtures containing sulphur, thereby protecting the safety of employees involved.

We have produced guidance on safely working with sulphur.

Approved code of practice for the prevention of sulphur fires and explosions focuses on the risks of processing solid sulphur, but also considers the major risks associated with handling sulphur in liquid form.

ACOP: Prevention of sulphur fires and explosions (PDF 242 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.