Safe Work Australia has updated the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Hazardous Chemicals) Amendment 2020 and explanatory statement for the transition to GHS 7.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7) is a global method of classifying chemicals and preparing labels and safety data sheets (SDS).
Australia will begin a two-year transition to GHS 7 from 1 January 2021.
The updates correct an error that could have required businesses to relabel old stock of hazardous chemicals in some circumstances.
Safe Work Australia recommends that businesses that have downloaded the previous versions, should re-download the updated versions. The versions published on 5 November 2020 should be used in place of the original published on 28 August 2020 in all cases.
These updated amendments will be inserted into the model WHS Regulations from 1 January 2021.
It is important to note that amendments to the model WHS Regulations do not automatically apply in a jurisdiction. For the model WHS Regulations, including any amendments, to have effect in a jurisdiction, they must be made in that jurisdiction.
To help businesses understand the changes required under GHS 7, Safe Work Australia has published a dedicated GHS 7 web page and suite of information sheets.
For more information, go to the GHS 7 webpage.
Safe Work Australia also recommends staying informed about the transitional arrangements and implementation of GHS 7 by subscribing to the hazardous chemicals mailing list.