Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals

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Code of Practice

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1. INTRODUCTION 5 1.1 Who has health and safety duties in relation to hazardous chemicals? 5 1.2 The meaning of key terms 6 1.3 What is required to manage the risks of hazardous chemicals? 7

2. HOW TO IDENTIFY HAZARDS 10 2.1 Labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) 10 2.2 Unlabelled containers 10 2.3 Hazardous chemicals generated or manufactured in the workplace 12 2.4 Chemicals with exposure standards 13 2.5 Hazardous chemical register 13 2.6 Other sources of information 13

3. HOW TO ASSESS RISKS 14 3.1 Decide who should do the assessment 14 3.2 Decide what
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This Code also applies to the generation of hazardous chemicals from work processes, for example toxic fumes released during welding. It also applies to chemicals which may not normally be hazardous chemicals, but may give rise to hazards in some circumstances, for example asphyxiation hazards.

If you manufacture, import or supply hazardous chemicals that are used, or are likely to be used, in workplaces you should refer to the Codes of Practice for: • Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals • Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals

If you use, handle or store hazardous chemicals listed in Schedule 14 of the WHS Regulations you should also refer to the Health Monitoring Guide [under development]. For asbestos containing materials you should refer to the Codes of Practice on: • How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace • How to Safely Remove Asbestos.

Implementation of the GHS

The WHS Regulations implement a new system of chemical hazard classification, labelling and safety data sheet requirements based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (the GHS). Transition to this new system will occur over a 5 year period from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2016. This Code refers to hazard classes and categories under the GHS.

Prohibited and restricted hazardous chemicals.

The WHS Regulations prohibit or restrict the use,
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