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Hazardous chemicals

Chemicals are common in a wide variety of workplaces.

Businesses must identify the risks of all the chemicals on site and manage them in relation to transport, storage, use and disposal.

Contacts and links

Details of other Queensland regulatory agencies, national and international agencies and links and guides to consultants, trainers and hazchem.

Globally Harmonised System

The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) is internationally used to standardise and harmonise the classification and labelling of chemicals.

Chemicals of security concern

Australia faces a significant threat from terrorism and there is a real risk of some commonly available chemicals being used for a terrorist attack on our own soil.

Hazardous chemical notifications

A notification must be submitted regarding the use, handling or storage of hazardous chemicals.

Hazardous substances and dangerous goods

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 now covers workplace hazardous substances and dangerous goods under a single framework for hazardous chemicals.

Hazchem and the law

Safety obligations that existed under previous legislation for hazardous substances and dangerous goods at workplaces are now incorporated into the safety obligations for 'hazardous chemicals'.

Health monitoring

Health monitoring is used to identify workers who have an increased risk of developing an occupational disease. Includes guidelines and forms on the toxicology of scheduled hazardous chemicals and the recommended health monitoring procedures.

Land use safety planning

Developments involving hazardous chemicals must be adequately designed and located to protect the community against potential adverse impacts from hazardous chemical incidents and ensure the long-term viability of industrial development.

Managing hazchem risks

Information about managing hazchem risks, including how to safely manage hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Managing incompatible goods

Some goods should not be stored in certain ways or near other chemicals.

Specific hazardous chemicals

Ammonium nitrate, anhydrous ammonia, flammable and combustible liquids, flammable refrigerants and phosphine fumigation.

Specific hazchem workplaces

Laboratories, service stations, pool chemicals retailers, possible major hazard facilities and manifest quantity workplaces.

Last updated
04 April 2017

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