Managing chemicals in the workplace: A step-by-step guide

A step-by-step guide to reduce or eliminate the health and safety risks of chemicals in the workplace.
Last updated

Jun 2017

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File type and size

PDF, 3.52 MB

Document length

45 pages

Please note

Please note the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Amendment (Notification) Regulations 2021 came into effect on 1 July 2021 (Amended Notification Regulations).

This information has not yet been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Amended Notification Regulations. Complying with the guidance after 1 July 2021 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Amended Notification Regulations. Information on the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and associated regulations can be found on

What it contains

There are specific regulations that set out distinct roles and legal responsibilities to manage chemicals in the workplace. This guide outlines an employer’s occupational health and safety duties to ensure employees and community members are protected from the risks associated with using chemicals. It explains:

  • the responsibilities of manufacturers, importers and suppliers
  • the key duties of employers and occupiers under the dangerous goods framework
  • the 12 steps to managing chemicals in the workplace including planning, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

At the end of the document, there is a:

  • chemicals register template
  • template to assess chemicals, hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • risk control measures worksheet
  • list of safety measure examples

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