Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances
The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 and the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 specify duties suppliers, manufacturers, employers and employees who store or use chemicals in their workplace are required to undertake.
Some of the significant duties defined in the Regulations include keeping a register of hazardous substances and dangerous goods, keeping up-to date Safety Data Sheets (SDS), undertaking risk assessments, controlling risks, and ensuring that exposure standards are not exceeded.
Employers can fulfil their Chemical Management requirements by drawing on the expertise and experience of Environmental Health Solutions' (EHS) qualified consultants.
EHS can perform all of the necessary work to assist you with the management of chemicals in the workplace, including:
- Conducting risk assessments of the chemicals stored and used at your workplace
- Developing chemical and SDS registers
- Developing Chemical Management Plans
- Undertaking air monitoring to assess significant risks or to determine the effectiveness of controls
- Chemical awareness training
A comprehensive chemical risk assessment provides the necessary information for:
- Using and storing chemicals safely at your workplace
- Meeting your duty of care under the Regulations
- Raising employee awareness of chemical hazards which leads to improved safety in the workplace
- Providing significant reductions in the exposure of workers to chemicals
- Improving the health and comfort of employees