Over the coming months, Safe Work Australia will be consulting on the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals.
Since 1 January 2017, the 3rd revised edition of the GHS (GHS 3) has been implemented under the model Work Health and Safety laws.
As Australia’s transition to the GHS is now complete, it is time to move beyond GHS 3 to ensure Australia’s classification and labelling requirements for workplace chemicals are aligned with our key trading partners, as they move to the 7th revised edition of the GHS (GHS 7).
Safe Work Australia wishes to engage with stakeholders in many industries and will soon call for feedback from as many industries as possible to help ensure any changes to Australia’s classification and hazard communication requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals are implemented in a way which minimises impacts to all industries.
As more information on this consultation becomes available to BICSI, we will notify members of the invitation, giving them an opportunity to comment on any hazardous chemicals they encounter ion their workplaces.