Manufacturers and importing suppliers and suppliers of hazardous substances and dangerous goods: A step by step guide

How manufacturers, importers and suppliers can comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) and dangerous goods laws.
Last updated

Jun 2017

Reading level

medium

File type and size

PDF, 1.7 MB

Document length

18 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

The document provides a step-by-step guide to outline how workplaces can comply with Victoria’s OHS and dangerous goods laws. The first section of the guide is useful for:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • first suppliers
  • hazardous substances and dangerous goods suppliers

Steps outlined in this first section of the guide include:

  • deciding who is responsible for key tasks
  • identifying all manufactured and/or imported substances
  • classifying substances
  • preparing and providing copies of safety data sheets (SDSs)
  • labelling chemical containers
  • reviewing and revising SDSs and labels
  • providing advice and information to clients
  • documenting and checking activities have been completed

The second section of the guide is for suppliers and outlines the following steps:

  • deciding who is responsible for key tasks
  • identifying hazardous substances and dangerous goods supplied
  • ensuring hazardous substances and dangerous goods are labelled and containers are in a good condition
  • providing a current copy of the SDS
  • documenting and checking activities have been completed

At the end of the document, there is:

  • a list of substances manufactured and imported
  • a list of substances to be supplied
  • a SDS checklist
  • a labels checklist