New chemical database supports GHS transition

Safe Work Australia has published a new chemicals database 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 4,500 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 SDS are prepared for hazardous chemicals. And 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 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. More information about the Hazardous Chemical Information System and the GHS is available on the Safe Work Australia website: Hazardous chemicals including Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Hazardous Chemical Information System HCIS replaces the previous Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS) and users of the database should note that the classifications and labelling information is provided as advice only.

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