This section includes the various definitions that may be applied to hazardous materials, the regulatory regime and the principles on which the identification and management of hazardous materials are based.

Key messages

  • The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is replacing the Safe Work Australia approved code for the classification of hazardous substances and will be mandatory from December 2016.
  • The correct classification is fundamental to hazard management.
  • Not all hazardous materials are dangerous goods.
  • New definitions for health and environmental hazards have been included in regulations.
  • The risk-based approach to achieve compliance with the various regulations covering all types of hazardous substances requires the input of competent people.
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