This compliance code provides practical guidance on how to comply with your obligations under Victoria’s occupational health and safety legislation when your work involves the use of hazardous substances.
Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and associated regulations note
Please note the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2022 (Storage and Handling Regulations) come into effect on 26 November 2022.
This code has not yet been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Storage and Handling Regulations. Complying with the Code after 26 November 2022 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Storage and Handling Regulations.
Published:25 Nov 2022
File size:1.84 MB
What it contains
If your work involves hazardous substances, there are specific duties and obligations you need to comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) 2004 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS Regulations) 2017. This compliance code gives you practical guidance on how to comply with those duties and obligations.
This information is particularly relevant if you are an employer or self-employed person who uses hazardous substances, or a manufacturer, importer or supplier of hazardous substances. It is also relevant for employees and health and safety representatives who work with hazardous substances. It uses examples and tools you can apply to your own situation.
It includes information on:
what hazardous substances are
what substances are not covered by the OHS Regulations
what the duties are for manufacturers, importers and suppliers of hazardous substances
how to determine hazardous substances, prepare safety data sheets (SDS) and label containers
what the duties are for employers working with hazardous substances
how to control risks associated with using hazardous substances
an employer’s duties to monitor exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace
It is recommended that you follow the compliance code. If you comply with a code, you are deemed to comply with the Act or Regulation duty covered by the code. However, codes are not mandatory and duty holders may choose to use some other way to achieve compliance.