Safe Work Explains new Hazardous Chemical Labelling Requirements

To help smooth the transition to the globally harmonised system  (GHS), Safe Work Australia has announced that chemicals manufactured or imported before January 1st, 2017 will not need to meet Work Health and Safety Regulations’ labelling requirements before being supplied.

Safe Work’s CEO Michelle Baster explained that the concerns raised by chemical suppliers in the lead up to Australia developing a GSH for chemical labelling had been heard, which resulted in the new approach.

The new approach will help avoid unnecessary burden on suppliers to re-label existing chemical stock.

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Amendments Made to 3 Codes of Practice by SafeWork NSW

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As of 1 April 2016, 3 codes of practice approved under the Work Health and Safety Act (the WHS Act) have been updated.

The codes relate to

  1. Managing the risk of falls at workplace
  2. Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals
  3. Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work

The revised code provides practical guidance on how to manage these risks in the workplace.

For more information call SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.