Hazardous Chemical Management
The introduction of new health and safety laws in NSW means significant changes to the management of dangerous goods and hazardous substances. Do you know how the changes affect you?
The NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) came into effect on 1 Jan 2012. It covers the handling, storage and use of dangerous goods and hazardous substances under a chapter called “Hazardous Chemicals”.
Adoption of the WHS Regulations brings a new system of chemical classification and hazard communication on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), based on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). National harmonisation of work health and safety laws means businesses and volunteer organisations that operate across several states, will be able to initiate nationwide safety policies and procedures.
Now is a good time to reassess the handling and storage of hazardous chemicals at your site.
You should also continue to provide your employees with information on potential hazards and safe operating procedures. This will ensure you maintain a safe workplace and are compliant with the new regulations. Our accredited engineers and senior consultants have found that scheduled DG risk assessments help to ensure a safe workplace and demonstrate compliance with the legislation.
For more information, visit workcover.nsw.gov.au or contact email email@example.com. Jim can provide advice on the impact of the new regulations on your site, facilitate risk assessments at problematic DG depots, and assist with design solutions to reduce risks or address non-compliance. Click here for more information on our dangerous goods and hazardous chemicals services.