GHS Update - May 2016

SafeWork NSW have issued some updated documents on becoming GHS compliant that reflect changes to the WHS Regulation which are yet to be passed, and affect the re-labelling of current stocks of chemicals.

The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is a new system, which replaces the existing system for classifying hazardous substances and dangerous goods in the workplace. NSW businesses have until 31 December 2016 to become GHS ready. 

Safe Work Australia has agreed to amend the regulations 341 and 342 of the WHS Regulation 2011 to allow existing NOHSC labelled chemicals to be kept by end-users past 31 December 2016 without re-labelling.

For schools and in particular science departments, this means there is no longer a requirement as an end user, to re-label the existing stock purchased prior to 1 January 2017. However, the stock does still need to be labelled in accordance with the previous legislation and NOHSC : 2012 Code of Practice. This does not affect the requirement to have up-dated Safety Data Sheets that reflect GHS.