AUST – Work Place Safety Assessors advise prior to the implementation of the Work Health Safety (WHS) Regulations storage, handling and use of hazardous chemicals were regulated in most states under separate regulations for hazardous substances and for dangerous goods.

The new WHS Regulations cover workplace hazardous substances and dangerous goods under a single framework for hazardous chemicals. This introduces a new hazard classification and hazard communication system based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

What are Hazardous Substances?

Hazardous substances are those that, following worker exposure, can have an adverse effect on health. Examples of hazardous substances include poisons, substances that cause burns or skin and eye irritation, and substances that may cause cancer. Many hazardous substances are also classified as dangerous goods.

What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous goods are substances, mixtures of articles that, because of their physical, chemical or acute toxicity properties, present an immediate hazard to people, property or the environment. Types of substances classified as dangerous goods include explosives, flammable liquids and gases, corrosives, chemically reactive or acutely (highly) toxic substances. Many dangerous goods are also classed as hazardous substances.

Work Place Safety Assessors can mitigate risk for those who store, handle or use hazardous, commercial grade or commercial quantities of chemicals through performing chemical storage audits.