Proposal to adopt updated GHS under the model WHS laws

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback on the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals.

Since 1 January 2017, the 3rd revised edition of the GHS (GHS 3) has been implemented under the model Work Health and Safety laws.

As Australia’s transition to the GHS is now complete, it is time to move beyond GHS 3 to ensure Australia’s classification and labelling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals are aligned with our key trading partners, as they move to the 7th revised edition of the GHS (GHS 7).

Safe Work Australia values the engagement of its stakeholders and your feedback will help ensure any changes to Australia’s classification and hazard communication requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals are implemented in a way which minimises impacts to the industry.

A Consultation Paper has been prepared which outlines the key changes between GHS 3 and GHS 7 and the particular issues we would like feedback on.

You can provide feedback by completing the survey below or uploading a submission at the end of the survey.

Submissions can be uploaded on this page until 11:59pm (AEST) on Sunday 28 July 2019.

Your views will be documented in a consultation summary which will be published after the consultation period ends. This information will be used to inform a proposal to Safe Work Australia Members on amendments to the model WHS laws and transition arrangements for adopting GHS 7.

Please contact GHS@swa.gov.au if you have any questions about the consultation.

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback on the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals.

Since 1 January 2017, the 3rd revised edition of the GHS (GHS 3) has been implemented under the model Work Health and Safety laws.

As Australia’s transition to the GHS is now complete, it is time to move beyond GHS 3 to ensure Australia’s classification and labelling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals are aligned with our key trading partners, as they move to the 7th revised edition of the GHS (GHS 7).

Safe Work Australia values the engagement of its stakeholders and your feedback will help ensure any changes to Australia’s classification and hazard communication requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals are implemented in a way which minimises impacts to the industry.

A Consultation Paper has been prepared which outlines the key changes between GHS 3 and GHS 7 and the particular issues we would like feedback on.

You can provide feedback by completing the survey below or uploading a submission at the end of the survey.

Submissions can be uploaded on this page until 11:59pm (AEST) on Sunday 28 July 2019.

Your views will be documented in a consultation summary which will be published after the consultation period ends. This information will be used to inform a proposal to Safe Work Australia Members on amendments to the model WHS laws and transition arrangements for adopting GHS 7.

Please contact GHS@swa.gov.au if you have any questions about the consultation.

Provide your feedback

If you would like to provide feedback on the proposal to adopt an updated GHS under the model WHS laws, please complete the following survey.You can also upload your submission at the end of the survey.


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