HSW Handbook Approval: Chemical Safety Management

The revised Chemical Safety Management HSW Handbook chapter has been approved and is now available to view

The following changes have been incorporated to meet the requirements of Work Health and Safety (WHS) Legislation, provide additional clarification and also reduce administrative effort where there is no longer a requirement.

Major changes

The major changes to the chapter are as follows:

  • Direction on extra legislative details for certain chemical activities which are not covered in the handbook chapter:
    • manufacturing or importing hazardous chemicals.
    • manufacturing and exporting therapeutic goods.
    • stock withholding periods.
  • Terminology changes
    • Material Safety Data Sheet is now an Safety Data Sheet.
    • Hazards chemicals is now the term covering hazardous substances and storage and use of dangerous goods.
  • Timing and details around the changes to labelling requirements due to Globally Harmonisation System.
  • Changes to Controlled Substances legislation which include prescribed equipment and plants.
  • New legislative requirements under WHS:
    • prohibited carcinogens
    • restricted carcinogens
    • restricted hazardous chemicals
    • increased flexibility around different styles of risk assessments
    • emergency plan and manifesting
    • building manifests and placarding.
  • New code for Chemicals of Security Concern.
  • Clarification around Chemical weapons classification and highly toxic, carcinogenic or chemicals requiring health surveillance.
  • Removal of the requirement to:
    • Submit  a Chemical registers to HSW –Areas are still required to be keep a register locally.
  • Removal of all requirements for Concessional spirits

Please note that there are a number of information sheets (FAQs) to assist with clarifying the arrangements for certain requirements of the chapter.

  • Cryogenics
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Nanomaterials
  • Explosives
  • Cyanide
  • Gas and Compressed
  • Fume Cupboards
  • Cytotoxic (under development)
  • Transitional arrangements for Labelling
  • Air and Health Monitoring (formally known as Atmospheric Monitoring and Health Surveillance)
  • Understanding SDS (formally known as Understanding MSDS)
  • Workers and reproductive toxicity
  • Emergency safety showers and eyewash testing


Further information

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact your Division/Faculty HSW Manager..


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