An induction for Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) workers Supporting the implementation of Managing Risks with Chemicals in DETE workplaces – procedure and guideline. Managing Risks with Chemicals. What are we talking about? .
An induction for Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) workers
Supporting the implementation of Managing Risks with Chemicals in DETE workplaces – procedure and guideline
Chemicals can be divided into hazardous chemicals and non-hazardous chemicals.
Hazardous chemicals is a term that collectively describes substances, mixtures or articles which are classified according to the hazard they present.
A chemical’s hazardous nature is stated on its label and safety data sheet.
Specific legislation applies to hazardous chemicals but all chemicals need to be managed safely at your workplace.
Non-hazardous chemicals generally do not represent a threat to the health and safety of employees if used correctly and safely.
A chemical is deemed to be a hazardous chemical if it meets the classification criteria specified in the Globally Harmonised System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals 3rd revised edition (GHS).
The GHS is integrated into the WHS regulation 2011 Chapter 7. It incorporates the AC Classification System [NOHSC:1008 (2004)] and the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) classification systems for hazardous substances.
Hazardous chemical classes are listed in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 – Schedule 11. A hazardous chemical may also be listed as a dangerous good for the purpose of transport and storage.
A manufacturer or importer must prepare, amend, provide and review a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for a hazardous chemical.
The SDS and the chemical’s label will state that the chemical is classified as a ‘hazardous chemical’.
Dangerous goods are usually chemicals which have the potential to present a present a risk during transport or storage as they pose an immediate threat to people, property or the environment if not properly contained or controlled.
They are classified according to the nature of the hazard into nine classes, some of which are divided into sub-classes. These classes are denoted by specific labels (or diamonds).
science and laboratory facilities - labs, prep areas, store rooms
industrial and manufacturing areas – ITD workshops, wood, metal, plastics, paint or welding facilities
creative arts areas - photographic areas, kilns, theatre
grounds maintenance storage areas
cleaning storage areas
classroom and administrative areas – cupboards and under sinks
reprographic facilities – printing and copy rooms
other practical areas – agriculture sheds, marine studies
Locating hazardous chemicals
Check your work area for all chemicals so you can implement appropriate safe work methods.
The major pieces of legislation are the:
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 including the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
Globally Harmonised System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals 3rd revised edition (GHS).
What legislation applies?
The procedure informs DETE workers of their key legislative responsibilities and describes how the legislation applies to DETE workplaces.
The Guideline for Managing Risks with Chemicals in DETE Workplaces provides supporting information as to how to meet these legislative and departmental responsibilities.
Check out the procedure and guideline on line.
DETE Policy and Procedure
Risks of exposure to chemicals are controlled
Information, instruction and training are provided – and records kept
Resources and time are provided to support the safe management of chemicals
Safe work practices are developed and implemented
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are made available to users
A register of hazardous chemicals is maintained
Risk assessments on hazardous chemicals are recorded and reviewed
Hazardous chemicals are labelled
Prohibited chemicals are not purchased or used
Responsibilities- Officer in Charge
Read the procedurefor responsibilities and definition of prohibited chemicals
Follow health and safety instructions
Follow safe work practices
Take reasonable care for your own health and safety
Take reasonable care that your actions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others
Participate in training
Assist in identifying, assessing and managing risks
Use appropriate equipment and personal protective equipment
Not purchase or use prohibited chemicals.
Responsibilities – Workers & Others
Read the procedure for responsibilities in detail
Use the Guideline for Managing Risks with Chemicals in DETE workplaces for:
Risk assessment pro-formas
Information for instruction and training
Storage and handling
Use ChemWatch for:
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Establishing a manifest and hazardous chemical register
Assisting with storage compatibilities
Implementing the requirements
All DETE workplaces have access to ChemWatch at no cost to the school or workplace.
Determine if they are ‘hazardous’ or ‘non-hazardous’
by accessing the safety data sheet (SDS) and labels
For ALL chemicals –
ensure correct labelling
follow safety instructions on label and SDS
inform users of correct use, storage and disposal
In addition, for hazardous chemicals –
ensure the SDS is accessible
add details of the hazardous chemicals to the register
complete and record a risk assessment
Provide information and training to ensure safe practice
Keep records of training, register, risk assessments.
identifies if the product is classified as ‘hazardous’ or ‘non-hazardous’
helps make an assessment of the risk to the health of people at your workplace from chemical exposure
provides safe use advice including recommended control options – this helps inform risk assessments and management
provides emergency information including first aid advice and spills treatment
must be made available by suppliers or alternatively is available through Chemwatch
What is a SDS?
The processis toevaluate the risk associated with the use of the chemical and implement control measures to minimise exposure and therefore risks to the user
Detailed guidance on the process is provided in Chapter 5 of the Guideline
A risk assessment template is also provided.
What is a risk assessment?
We can eliminate or minimise the risk of injury or illness by preventing chemicals entering our body or reducing our exposure.
Remember – simple steps such as correct dilution, labelling containers and appropriate use and wearing PPE help to ensure your safety now and health in the future.
The bottom line
Identify the chemicals to be used by staff
Provide information about the chemicals and the associated hazards
Add safe work practices for using the chemicals including use of PPE
Ensure emergency procedures are understood
On the job training – experienced staff mentoring new staff
Review of procedure and relevant sections of the Guideline
Participation in risk assessment processes
Identify other training needs
Conducting risk assessments can also assist to identify who needs further training, what training is needed and the method of training.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Chemical labels and instructions for use
Guideline for Managing Risks with Chemicals in DETE Workplaces
Introduction to chemicals at work
Information, communication and training
Purchasing, storage and handling
Guideline to Managing Chemicals in DETE workplaces http://education.qld.gov.au/health/pdfs/healthsafety/guideline-managing-chemicals.pdf
Chemicals and Hazardous Chemicals – Creating Healthier Workplaces website http://education.qld.gov.au/health/safety/hazards/substances.html
Workplace Health & Safety Queensland Resources http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/hazards/hazchem/index.htmCode of Practice for Hazardous Chemicals
Hazardous chemicals Code of Practice http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/resources/pdfs/hazardous-chemicals-cop-2003.pdf
Senior Health and Safety Consultants
Information sources summary