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Free Hazardous Chemicals Procedure Template

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Hazardous Chemicals ProcedurePurpose of Document

A Hazardous Chemicals Procedure establishes guidelines for use, handling and storage of hazardous chemicals. The key objective is to ensure workers are protected from illness and injuries associated with hazardous chemicals. This procedure is broadly aligned with the requirements of AS/NZS 45001:2018.

How to Use

This Hazardous Chemicals Procedure should be saved on your server and continually reviewed / updated. It should also be communicated to new workers as part of their induction or onboarding process. This document is a template only and it should be customised for your business ensuring that:

  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

When to Use

As stated above, this document should be made available to your staff and managers via your server, onedrive or intranet. You should also use it during employee inductions or you may wish to refresh your workers on the contents of the procedure periodically as part of a safety meeting or similar forum.

Who Should Use

This procedure should be reviewed and updated by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other Manager. Supervisors or managers can use the procedure to communicate the requirements to workers (including new workers).

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to have a documented Hazardous Chemicals Procedure. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)d WHS Act – Duty to Ensure Safe Use, Handling and Storage of Substances
  • s(346) WHS  Regulations – Hazardous Chemicals Register
  • s(368) WHS Regulations – Duty to Provide Health Monitoring

FAQ

What is a hazardous substance / hazardous chemical?

Hazardous chemicals refer to substances, mixtures, or articles that pose risks to health and safety. These risks can manifest immediately, causing poisoning or burns, or lead to long-term health conditions

How do I know if a substance or chemical is hazardous?

Section 2 of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) “Hazard(s) Identification” will usually contain a statement saying whether the substance is classed as hazardous or not. This section of the SDS also outlines the hazards associated with the substance.

What are the four routes of exposure?

The four routes of exposure are:

  • Inhalation (breathing)
  • Ingestion (swallowing)
  • Absorption (skin / eyes)
  • Injection

Article Sources and Further Reading

  1. Classifying chemicals in Australia (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/hazards/chemicals/classifying-chemicals/classifying-chemicals-australia>
  2. Safety data sheets – Chemicals (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/hazards/chemicals/safety-data-sheets>
  3. Chemical Safety Training (Spire Safety) <https://spiresafety.com.au/whs-training/non-accredited-whs-training/chemical-safety-awareness-course/>
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