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Key Requirements

Here we highlight some of the key requirements, when the new Regulations come into force, for safely managing work-related use of hazardous substances.

Inventory:

There is a new mandatory requirement to keep an inventory of all of your hazardous substances used, handled, manufactured or stored in the workplace, including hazardous waste.

Safety Data Sheets:

Safety Data Sheets are a key source of information about managing your hazardous substances. You must have a Safety Data Sheet for all hazardous substances in your workplace.

You can read more about the Safety Data Sheet rules for suppliers, manufacturers and importers on the EPA website.

Information, instruction, training and supervision:

The Regulations have specific requirements around providing information, instruction, supervision and training to make sure workers know how to safely use, handle and store the hazardous substances in their workplace.

Emergency preparation:

You should be managing your risks to avoid an emergency, but it’s equally important to plan for one. The Regulations set out specific requirements for this. You can read more about emergency preparation.

Labelling containers of hazardous substances (including hazardous waste):

There are new requirements for making sure that hazardous substance containers in the workplace are labelled, including process vessels; as well as maintaining the labels on hazardous substances supplied to you.

You can read more about the labelling rules for suppliers, manufacturers and importers on the EPA website.

Signs:

These continue to be an important part of hazardous substances management. Signs allow people to approach the site and buildings with appropriate care.

Risk assessment and elimination or minimisation:

It is important to manage the risks associated with hazardous substances and to review what you have in place to keep people healthy and safe. Eliminate the risk if this is reasonably practicable; and where it’s not, minimise it. Personal Protective Equipment is one of the ways to minimise the risks to workers posed by hazardous substances.

Last updated 19 July 2017

Hazardous Substances Regulations

This page relates to the new Hazardous Substances Regulations that will come into force on 1 December 2017. Until then the current Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act remains in force in its current form.