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Hazardous chemicals

The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) require hazardous chemicals to be classified and labelled in accordance with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), however end users are still able to use, handle and store inventory holdings of hazardous chemicals labelled in accordance with the previous labelling code if supplied to them before 1 January 2017. A transitional provision (Regulation 736) outlines how hazardous chemicals should be classified and labelled before that time.

Important change: The requirement to notify SafeWork SA if using, handling and/or storing certain quantities of hazardous chemicals (Regulation 348) was to take effect from 1 January 2016. However, after careful consideration, it has been determined that the State's existing dangerous substances licensing system provides a more thorough safety management approach. The existing licensing system therefore remains in South Australia.

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SafeWork SA Catalogue



Further resources can accessed from SafeWork SA's Library catalogue

Codes of Practice

The Labeling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice provides practical guidance to persons conducting a business or undertaking involved in the manufacture, import, supply or use of hazardous chemicals on how to correctly label hazardous chemicals used in the workplace.

The Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how to prepare a safety data sheet for any hazardous chemicals being manufactured or imported for use, handling or storage in Australia. It applies to a person conducting a business or undertaking involved in the manufacture or import of hazardous chemicals that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used, in workplaces.

The Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks associated with hazardous chemicals for persons conducting a business or undertaking who use chemicals in their workplace.