The Queensland Health act has very specific rules and regulations. They clearly set out what sort of safe dangerous drugs can be installed in. Furthermore the regs also state how thick the steel must be. The type of locking mechanism it should use and lastly how the safe is to be anchored or bolt down. The type of drug safes Queensland Chemists have used were generally substandard. I have personally seen many drug safes jimmied open or ripped out.
By far the biggest problem facing QLD Health was junkies stealing dangerous drugs from poorly constructed drug safes. As such QLD Health set about specifying minimum thicknesses for the door and walls of safe that are to hold scheduled drugs. At first glance many drug safes on the market look okay. However there is a big difference between a compliant drug safe and a non compliant one. Thankfully most drug safe manufacturers are now making safes that meet the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 Appendix 6.
Alas there are some that do not. So what happens when the Qld Health dept Inspectors find a safe that has the wrong type of locking mechanism ? Answer they usually give you a breach and demand it be rectified within 21 days or so. And over the last 4 years the inspectors have been very busy but this is easy to avoid simply check your safe is good and if not buy one that is simple.
Beware the online safe selling sharks !
Sadly there are safe sellers (mainly interstate ) that will sell you a drug safe and tell you that it meets “heath regulations”, Most don’t even know where the find information about the regs. ALL drug safes we sell either meet or exceed the requirements for storing dangerous drugs in Queensland. While I am handing out accolade I will point out that CMI Safe Company in Sydney make drug safes that are first class. Finally when you do get your Qld approved drug safe make sure it is installed properly. Anyone who installs a drug safe must also be licensed as per the Security Providers Act 1991.
Here is an example of a lock that DOES NOT meet the QLD regulations as it does not have a “steel guard” fitted. The saddle makes it much harder to pry open.
Below is an example of a lock that does meet the QLD regulations
Click here for link to QLD Health drug safe guidelines
link above to the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 for your information. Appendix 6 is located on page 275.
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