Chemicals are widely and safely used in many workplaces. WorkSafe Victoria reports that a quarter of all Victorian employees regularly use hazardous substances such as chemicals, flammable liquids and gases in their work. However, if not managed properly, Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods (alternatively known as Hazardous Chemicals) can pose a serious threat to workers health and safety as well as negatively impact the environment.
In order to meet your legal and moral responsibilities, you need to identify and manage any risks associated with Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods and provide information, training and supervision to your staff. Our Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods 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 interpret the legislation which can be confusing and require a considerable amount of time to interpret.
Hazardous Substances & Dangerous Goods are covered by separate legislation which focus on controlling the different risks associated with them. Many hazardous substances are also classified as dangerous goods which means that both pieces of legislation apply to these. You have a duty to identify, assess and then eliminate or reduce any risks associated with hazardous substances or dangerous goods.
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. Risks can be present during the production, handling, storage, transport or disposal of a hazardous substance or dangerous good.
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