Hazardous substances classification update

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) is about to update the listing of classified hazardous substances on the Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) online database to reflect changes in Europe’s 29th Adaptation to Technical Progress to Directive 67/548/EEC.

The HSIS online database is a free, publicly available internet resource on the ASCC website.

It allows users to find information on hazardous substances that have been classified in accordance with the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances 3rd Edition.

Substances might also have National Exposure Standards declared under the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) Adopted National Exposure Standards for Atmospheric Contaminants in the Occupational Environment.

“Hazardous substances are used in a variety of workplaces and are those that, following exposure, can have an adverse effect on health,” says Chairman of the ASCC, Mr Bill Scales.

“I encourage all industries involved with hazardous substances to familiarize themselves with the updated list to ensure safe working practices are maintained.”

The update comprises a total of 919 entries of which there are 465 amendments to existing entries and 454 new entries.

A full list of the schedule of changes for the HSIS online database can be found at the ASCC website

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