Industrial chemicals environmental management standard – IChEMS


Improving chemicals regulation

The Australian Government is strengthening chemicals management laws to protect our land, air and water.

We have established the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard – or IChEMS – to help industry and governments manage the environmental risks of chemicals.

IChEMS will provide a national approach to how chemicals can be used, stored, handled and disposed of.

This work will be delivered in two stages.

Phase 1 included the creation of legislation. The (link is external)

passed both houses of parliament on 18 March 2021.

An IChEMS register will now be established to create a single consistent source of information on how chemicals should be managed.

Chemicals will be categorised and scheduled on the IChEMS register based on their level of concern to the environment. This will help government, industry and the community make informed choices about chemicals.

In phase 2, the IChEMS register will be incorporated into the laws of each jurisdiction.

This means environmental risks will be managed consistently across states and territories and on Commonwealth land.

A consistent system to regulate chemicals will result in better protection of human health and the environment. It will make it easier and more efficient for industry to manage chemical risks.

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Australian Department of Health, 2 July 2021