Draft secondary notification assessment on Polymer in FDP-S948B-09 for public comment

The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has conducted a secondary notification assessment of Polymer in FDP-S948B-09 under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989, as amended. The polymer was declared as requiring secondary notification in the February 2018 Chemical Gazette.

Why the polymer needed a secondary notification

The polymer required reassessment because:

  • it will now be used in on-shore oil/gas well operations, primarily in coal seam gas (CSG) extraction, resulting in a potential for release into the aquatic environment; and
  • introduction volumes significantly exceed those previously assessed

Draft report for public comment

The draft assessment report is released under Section 60E of the Act for public comment. The secondary notification report is an evaluation of the relevant new information on the potential human health and environmental risks that may be associated with exposure to the polymer.

Assessment findings – report recommendations

Based on the assessment findings, the polymer is classified according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as below:

  • Serious eye damage/eye irritation (Category 1): H318 – causes serious eye damage;
  • Skin sensitiser (Category 1): H317 – may cause an allergic skin reaction;
  • Acute aquatic toxicity (Category 1): H400 – very toxic to aquatic life;
  • Chronic aquatic toxicity (Category 1): H410 – very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

It is recommended that importers revise the SDS and labels to reflect the amended classification. It is also recommended that users of the notified polymer should:

  • not directly dispose of it to surface and ground waters;
  • employ best practice on-site treatment to maximise removal of the notified polymer from waste streams.

Request for variation applications

A request for variation to the report may be made by completing the following form: Download the Application for Variation (Form 4a)

When requesting the variation you:

  • should outline any amendment or change(s) requested;
  • must identify the exact words, sentences or paragraphs in the report to be varied. You must also provide any replacement words, sentences or paragraphs
  • must explain the rationale behind the request and include any relevant references

Due date for variation requests

Variation requests should be submitted to NICNAS by 4 December 2018 (statutory 28-day deadline for submission of variation requests applies). There are no extensions to this statutory deadline.

Further information is available at: Download the draft secondary notification report [PDF 567]

NICNAS Chemical Gazette, 6 November 2018 ; http://www.nicnas.gov.au