Many workplace injuries occur due to the poor handling or storage of hazardous chemicals. There are thousands of hazardous chemicals used in workplaces and they come in various forms. As a business, you are required by law to identify, assess and eliminate or reduce any risks associated with hazardous chemicals. These can be related to the transport, storage, use or disposal of the chemicals.
In order to meet your legal and moral responsibilities, you need to identify and manage any risks associated with hazardous chemicals and provide information, training and supervision to your staff.
Our Hazardous Chemicals Audit will identify potential risks and advise you on how to manage these effectively. At JTA, our expert Occupational Hygienists are highly qualified and experienced and will help you to interpret the legislation which can be confusing and require a considerable amount of time to decipher.
Since January 2017, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has been adopted by Safe Work Australia as the basis for classification, safety data sheets and labels of chemicals and mixtures. You have specific duties under the model WHS Regulations and OHS regulations to manage the risks to health and safety associated with using, handling, generating and storing hazardous chemicals at your workplace. Failure to do so is a breach of the law.
OHS regulations refer to Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods whilst the model WHS regulations combine them together under the name of Hazardous Chemicals. Hazardous substances are defined in terms of their direct health effects on people whereas dangerous goods are defined by their physical and chemical properties. Combined, and known as Hazardous Chemicals, they are substances, mixtures and articles that can pose a significant risk to health and safety if not managed correctly.
Read our article about the Mandatory Adoption of the GHS in most Australian States
Read our article Is OHS/WHS Effectively Resourced In Your Organisation?