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Managing Hazardous Substances

TASC can develop a plan to assist organisations assess their need to reduce risk associated with the use of hazardous substances in the workplace. This management package will ensure you meet the legislation requirements, and if necessary can also include staff training.

The plan will address management's acceptance of its responsibilities regarding the selection, purchase, handling, storage, transportation, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. A register is reviewed and/or developed of all hazardous chemicals handled or used within each work area, including relevant information about each product, user group(s) and the intended application/use of the chemicals. These chemical registers must be readily accessible to employees and emergency services personnel.

Components of the management plan include:

  • Assessment of the workplace to:
    • Identify hazards
    • Assess risks
    • Implement control measures
  • Compliance to relevant legislation;
  • Purchase and transportation;
  • Storage and handling requirements;
  • Labelling; and
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and registers.

All risks associated with the use of hazardous substances in the workplace are assessed in accordance with the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, the Australian Dangerous Goods Regulations, National Model Regulations, Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes.

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