The GHS: When the GHS comes out of the transition period in 2016, this school will likely still have containers of reagents with the original manufacturer's label from the OLD system of labelling; some chemicals we do not get through very quickly.  What should I do about these? Put an additional GHS label on them?



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Publication Date: 08 October 2015
Asked By: susankane
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Expert Answer

We are in communication with Safe Work Australia as well as Health and Safety regulators in the Australian jurisdictions where the GHS has been adopted. We have been advised that guidance material regarding GHS-compliant labelling in the education sector is being developed and will be available in the not too distant future. The state and territory regulators are working together to provide a nationally consistent approach to the labelling of hazardous chemicals, however, there still appears to be some differences between some jurisdictions. Therefore, we are consulting with each of the relevant jurisdictions individually as each state or territory is responsible for regulating and enforcing the laws in their jurisdiction.

Science ASSIST is in the process of clarifying with the regulators many different aspects of the labelling specific to schools, very much in line with your specific questions.

The aim of Science ASSIST is to make a recommendation that will satisfy all the regulators. We hope to have some very detailed information for you very soon.


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