New chemicals database published by Safe Work Australia aids transition


Manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end-users of chemicals will now find it much easier to comply with requirements of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), thanks to a new chemicals database published by Safe Work Australia.

The Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) contains information on more than 4500 chemicals classified in line with the GHS requirements.

“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 should ensure correct GHS labelling and SDS preparation of hazardous chemicals. Although chemical users are not responsible for updating labels, they need to be aware of the new requirements.

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

According to Safe Work Australia, HCIS replaces the previous Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS).

Safe Work Australia says the classifications and the labelling information is provided as advice only.

For more information on the Hazardous Chemical Information System and the GHS follow the links below.

Hazardous chemicals including Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

Hazardous Chemical Information System

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