New chemicals database

Safe Work Australia

Wednesday, 06 July, 2016

A new chemicals database has been published by Safe Work Australia to make it easier for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users of chemicals to meet the requirements of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) provides information on over 4500 chemicals that have been classified in accordance with the GHS.

“HCIS is an easy-to-use, searchable chemical database which displays labelling information including pictograms and information on workplace exposure standards,” said Dr Paul Taylor, director of occupational hygiene policy at Safe Work Australia.

“With the GHS becoming mandatory under the model work health and safety laws from 1 January 2017, HCIS will help manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users to find information on chemical classifications.”

Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of hazardous workplace chemicals are responsible for ensuring that correct GHS labels and safety data sheets (SDS) are prepared for hazardous chemicals.

While users of chemicals aren’t responsible for updating labels, they will need to be aware of the changes.

“End users of chemicals will not be required to relabel existing stock, but must ensure that any new supplies received from 1 January onwards are labelled in accordance with the GHS,” said Dr Taylor.

HCIS replaces the previous Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS) and users of the database should note that the classifications and labelling information are provided as advice only.

More information about the Hazardous Chemical Information System and the GHS is available on the Safe Work Australia website.

Originally published here.

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