Hazardous substances information update

Tuesday, 08 July, 2008

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) will be updating the listing of classified hazardous substances on the Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) online database, to reflect recent European regulation changes.

The HSIS is a free, publicly available internet resource on the ASCC website that allows users to find information on hazardous substances that have been classified in accordance with the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances 3rd Edition, and/or have national exposure standards declared under the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) Adopted National Exposure Standards for Atmospheric Contaminants in the Occupational Environment.

“Hazardous substances are used in a variety of workplaces and are those that, following exposure, can have an adverse effect on health,” said chairman of the ASCC, Mr Bill Scales.

“I encourage all industries involved with hazardous substances to familiarise themselves with the updated list to ensure safe working practices are maintained.”

The update will reflect changes in Europe’s 29th Adaptation to Technical Progress to Directive 67/548/EEC. It comprises 919 amendments, including 465 updated entries and 454 new entries.

A full list of the schedule of updates for the HSIS online database can be found at the ASCC website.

 

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