Do you understand the new chemical management system that is called the Global Harmonisation System and is now mandatory in Australia? It is often known as GHS for short.
The Global Harmonisation System is a United Nations created system for the classification, labelling and safety data sheets of chemicals on a global basis which has now been adopted in Australia.
We now have NEW National Codes of Practice for the Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet Management of chemicals in Australia.
The long term vision of the United Nations is provide one single chemical management framework for identifying chemical hazards in the workplace and communicating them in a simplified and clear way to people who use them. Their aim is to raise the awareness of the health and environmental hazards of chemicals we use on a global basis.
The GHS system requirements for all Australian workplaces are covered in the new WHS Regulations (Part 7 – Hazardous Chemicals) and was rolled out across Australia in 2017. Only WA has yet to adopt the WHS Regulations but if companies do supply other states with chemicals they must STILL be compliant in labelling, classification and safety data sheets under the GHS system. It is expected to be regulated in WA in 2019.
Most countries have now adopted it into their own health and safety legislation – The USA, Europe, China, New Zealand and most of Asia are now using this system on chemicals in the workplace.
We are able to offer various services to help your business understand the changes and then integrate them into your business.
Please call General Manager Craig Watt on 0434 928178 to discuss how we can help in this major upcoming change in Chemical Safety.