What are hazardous chemicals?
Under the WHS Regulations, a hazardous chemical is any substance, mixture or article that satisfies the criteria of one or more Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) hazard classes, including a classification in Schedule 6 of the WHS Regulations. However, some hazard classes and categories of the GHS are excluded by the WHS Regulations. See Appendix A for the definition of hazardous chemical and other terms used in this Code.
Most substances and mixtures that are dangerous goods under the ADG Code are hazardous chemicals, except those that have only radioactive hazards (class 7 dangerous goods), infectious substances (division 6.2) and most class 9 (miscellaneous) dangerous goods.
What is required to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals?
R.351 A person conducting a business or undertaking must manage risks associated with using, handling, generating or storing of hazardous chemicals at a workplace. R.32-38 In order to manage risk under the WHS Regulations, a duty holder must:
a) identify reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to the risk, this is undertaken prior to purchase or use.
b) eliminate the risk so far as is reasonably practicable
c) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk minimise the risk so far as is reasonably practicable by implementing control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of risk control
d) maintain the implemented control measure so that it remains effective
e) review, and if necessary revise all risk control measures so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health and safety.
The Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace Code of Practice provides guidance on how to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace by following a systematic process that involves:
- the hazardous properties of the hazardous chemical
- any potentially hazardous reaction (chemical or physical) between the hazardous chemical
- and another substance or mixture, including a substance that may be generated by the reaction
- the nature of the work to be carried out with the hazardous chemical
- any structure, plant or system of work that:
- is used in the use, handling, generation or storage of the hazardous chemical
- could interact with the hazardous chemical at the workplace.
Guidance on the general risk management process is available in the Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks.
Legislation, National Standards, Codes of Practice and University requirements pertaining to the storage and use of hazardous substances including chemicals.
- Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace Code of Practice
- Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice
- Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals
- Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods Information
- Work Health & Safety Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination (PDF 685.1KB)
- Chemical Security information
- Chemicals of Security Concern - Chemical Grouping (41 Toxic Industrial Chemicals) (PDF 223.9KB)
- UTAS Chemical Substance - Minor Storage and Handling Guidelines (PDF 609.8KB)
- National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern (HSIS)
- Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS)
- Segregation Chart (PDF 83.9KB)
Recommended browser is Google Chrome
OnlineTraining to use the chemical databases. This on line training program is called BackPack and is designed to train and enable staff and students to use the Backpack link to search for a material and read and print a Safety Data Sheet.
User name: elearning
This same online training program called Backpack provides 70% of the training required for staff and post graduates to use the full Chemical Management System. The remainder of the training is quite specific and is not available to all users and it is available through the User Guide under the Help Menu or available from the online chat room.
The CMS full version has an on line chat room connection and all users can book a telecom training session with Chemwatch where they can train you on your specific inventory remotely. This is mainly for the CMS. The backpack training will be on line using the link above in the very near future. (Currently being trialled). The CMS has a detailed Manual under the Help icon. (Recommended to print in colour).
NOTE: When the three level log-in panel displays underneath there is the following text: If you are not sure how to use the form above please click here to access the old login screen. Select this link and it will take you to the two level log in panel for use with the UTAS user name and either the Backpack password or the School/Section password.
BackPack (for Staff and Students) - Search, Read and Print a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) only. Please ensure that you have selected materials on the left side menu, Full under the database heading. No manifest search capability. Requested SDS will be placed in the unfiled folder under folders. Not visible using Backpack.
User name: unitas
GoldFFX This is the new chemical database. CMS and GoldFFX will be synchronised overnight and then eventually CMS will be closed and there will only be Backpack to read and print and ChemFFX for full functionality. Existing passwords should work. 01/07/2013 RT. Three panel access is as follows: user name unitas, log in and then password. You can use this database.
Browser: Google Chrome preferred, Firefox, Safari, IE10,11, IE9 possibly. Anything less than IE9 not worth using.
Please ensure that you have selected materials on the left side menu, Full, not own, under the database heading and Advanced, not Simple, for full functionality.
If you log in with the user name:unitas and the password: 5 below you will be able see all the folders and all the manifests BUT you cannot access any of them including your own. It is planned that these will be removed once users are familiar with the new Gold FFX. If you wish to read and write in your own Organisational Unit/School folder and manifest then use the GoldFFX link above and use unitas and then your own Organisational Unit/School and password.
User Name: unitas
Password: password - Passwords from CMS have been transferred to GoldFFX
Browser: Google Chrome preferred, Firefox, Safari, IE9, IE8 possibly. Anything less than IE8 not worth using.
Old site below but still functioning and can be used. The Golf FFX system can be used. The two systems synchronise overnight. GoldFFX updates overnight. IP access for UTAS will be set up once there is only one system running.
The CMS is an online chemical information management system that provides safety information for the creation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and on the storage, handling and labelling of chemicals. This link is for detailed management of the inventory and is therefore slower than Backpack and not everyone requires this functionality. The Chemical Management System (CMS) is a chemical information management software package which provides important safety information for the creation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and in relation to the storage, handling and labelling of chemicals. It is accessible through the University network. No log on or password is required to read and print a SDS. It is designed for use on a PC with the latest version of IE 9. IE8 is good but IE 7 responds very slowly to all chemwatch web applications.
On a Mac, the best browser is Firefox but Safari is acceptable. On some Mac that use Firefox, there may be issues with displaying vendor SDS where it asks the user to download the privatechk.exe.file, which it should not. This can easily be fixed by following the instructions from this link:
The add on can be download and installed from this link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pdfjs/ (not already present).
A user does not need to clear the browser cache (also known as the temporary internet files) and cookies that often, only when there is an issue and this is done mainly to negate the possibility of this being the cause of the problem. Please note, do not clear the browsing history as this will remove all of your recently visited URLs which may not be desirable.
One can check the browser type, client's screen resolution and cookies acceptability from the link: http://jr.chemwatch.net/mybrowser/
Check the net connection speed to the chemwatch server from http://jr.chemwatch.net/speedtes/ For the latter one needs to have Flash installed on browser. Flash can be downloaded for free from the link: http://www.adobe.com/ select Adobe Flash Player
CMS can also assist in the retrieval of Worksafe Australia (WSA) format SDSs, printing of labels and establishment of an inventory module for dangerous goods and hazardous substance storage.
If an SDS is not in the CMS database, Organisational Units should notify the CMS through email, fax or on line chat room to have an SDS index loaded onto a computer in their Organisational Unit. It is essential that Organisational Units ensure that manufacturers supply an SDS when items are purchased and a copy of this SDS is filed in the Organisational Unit.
Organisational Units are able to custom-design their own labels and the CMS will extract the information for the label directly from the SDS. The printing component is designed so that labels for Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Substances, Poisons, Decanted Hazardous Substances, Laboratory Chemicals, Waste Materials and others can be made.
The CMS is designed for DIY training. Use the manual provided under Help menu and there is an on line chatroom icon. For other issues such as creating an inventory or passwords contact Health.Safety@utas.edu.au. It is possible for the Organisational Units to set up a working level for postgrad students separate to staff access for discrete areas or read access only to manifests. Please use the contact email address above for any specific inquiry and assistance.
Dangerous Goods (DG) Transportation Companies – Tasmanian.
The following contacts are provided to assist Organisational Units with locating a local company for the transportation of Dangerous Goods out of Tasmania. There are many interstate companies who transport DG into Tasmania. Please remember DG transportation is usually airport to airport. Other services such as items packed in dry ice can be door to door. No Dangerous Goods should be sent by mail, if in doubt contact Australia Post.
- Total Freight Solutions Steve Miller 0418 580 544 (This is the existing UTas Fedex contractor who undertakes DG transportation outwards state-wide through another company).
- Freight Management Services, +61 3 6273 4080
- Pack Send 1300 668000
Dangerous Goods (DG) Transportation Training
The Dangerous Goods Legislation and the Transportation of items by Air requires that persons are qualified to package Dangerous Goods or qualified to package goods for air transport ( items in dry ice). There is a great deal of responsibility on that qualified person. Some Organisational Units may have specific requirements for the packaging and sending Dangerous Goods, especially to areas for Antarctic Research. For most other activities it may not be practical for Organisational Units to train their own DG qualified personnel. Even though the University may fund the course, the qualification and licence number only applies to the person who has been trained. Adequate funding must be provided to purchase the correct packaging, labels etc. Reusing old items, non-compliant labels etc must not to be used. Sufficient space must be provided for the person to store packaging material and to pack the DG items. If the items are wrapped/packaged prior to giving them to the DG qualified person they must be unwrapped and inspected and then wrapped. The DG qualified person is the only person who can determine the type packaging is required and how long it takes to do the task. Schools/Sections have no support under the DG/CASA Air transport legislation to direct a person on these tasks. Operational Units must take adequate precautions to ensure that if the DG qualified person is not available, no other person can access the DG documentation and licence number to send the DG package and must ensure that none attempts to do so. There can be no training of other staff to undertake DG work when the DG qualified person is not available. Unless the persons is doing the task regularly, the DG qualified person may require adequate time to review the requirements prior to doing the task. The unusual DG task will require advice from the relevant persons/Regulatory DG Transport Authority/Training company. It would be appropriate to provide adequate time to do this review.
DG transportation training providers
- All Modes Dangerous Goods Transportation Training
- Australian Federation of International Forwarders
- Civil Aviation Academy Australia