BIG GHS PICTOGRAM GRAPHICS FILES are avilable.
Download this ZIP ARCHIVE which contains the 9 pictograms in PNG, JPG, EPS and PSD formats at ~ A4 size.
http://www.comcare.gov.au/preventing/hazards/chemical_hazards/globally_harmonised_system_of_classification_and_labelling_of_chemicals_ghs/ghs_video for awareness.
ANU Pulse Course on GHS labeling
ANU has a pulse traing course about GHS which is mandatory for anyone handling chemicals. This is a by-enrollment course only and not visible on the main course menu.
If you have done a chemical safety course or are a registered CMS user you should be automatically enrolled and receiving annoying emails from the HRMS reminding you to complete the course.
If you are a user and not auto-enrolled, contact the work envionment group ( email@example.com) to get enrolled.
|ANU has received the following specific advice about our chemical inventory : -
SafeWork Australia released the following statement on their website (to be followed by a bulletin, hopefully, with more information):
End users of hazardous chemicals will be affected to a lesser extent. Users of hazardous chemicals are not required to relabel or dispose of existing stock. From 1 January 2017 onwards, suppliers and end users of hazardous chemicals must only supply and accept hazardous chemicals which have been classified and labelled in accordance with the GHS.
What this means is that the University will not be required to relabel inventory of hazardous chemicals that are compliant under the NOHSC approved criteria – that inventory may simply be rolled over and consumed although any purchases from 1 January 2017 must be GHS compliant, both labels and SDS.
Further to this please see http://www.comcare.gov.au/preventing/hazards/chemical_hazards/globally_harmonised_system_of_classification_and_labelling_of_chemicals_ghs/ghs_video for awareness and distribution to your areas.
The animation has a viewing time of around 12 minutes and takes the viewer through general awareness of the GHS which would likely satisfy much of your general awareness needs.
|Hello Safety Officers, (Chemical Stakeholders cc’d)
This is not a change in Legislation, so it does not have to be communicated as broadly as a Change in Legislation Communication, but it is for your awareness. Please share accordingly.
The has been a change in the interpretation of GHS Labelling by Comcare this week that you need to be aware of.
I believe the University already has agreements in place with our suppliers that will not allow any chemicals to be sent to the ANU since 01/09/2016 without the correct GHS labelling and correct SDS. This was put in place proactively by the Chemical Management Stakeholders team in about June 2016 to ensure that the ANU would meet our commitments to the January 1/2017 cut off.
I have followed this up with our supply chain, and we will be sending out a brief note to our major suppliers stating that we continue to expect all chemicals to be shipped with the correct GHS labelling and SDS.
Additionally, I have a call in to a senior person in Comcare in respect to how this interpretation will be enforced, but have not heard back. I suspect it will not affect how Comcare operates, and will just give them some breathing room in resptect to enforcement.
Neither of the two articles below have indicated what Comcare’s position will be on SDS, so we must conclude there is no change and SDS sheets will be expected for everything we have in stock and should be accompanying all deliveries.
In summary, Comcare has relaxed its stance on GHS labelling somewhat and will allow chemicals purchased by suppliers in Australia since 01/01/2016 to be shipped to customers like the ANU without the compliant GHS labelling.
Comcare will also allow customers like the ANU to accept chemicals purchased by suppliers after 01/01/2016 without the correct GHS labels.
What this means to us:
· Stay the course, keep doing what we are doing our practices, procedures and processes do not change and remain sound and compliant.
· Every chemical we receive should still come with the correct GHS labelling and also the correct compliant SDS.
· The supply chain is sending out a letter to suppliers to indicate that we still expect compliant labelling and SDS’s
· If a chemical is shipped to us without the compliant labelling, it is my suggestion that we isolate the chemical temporarily and that we allow our Supply Chain to work with the vendor/supplier to have GHS labels supplied to us before use. If it is very urgent, perhaps we can apply the correct labels in each area in advance of official supplier labelling arriving as an exception. The new label when received should be applied for consistency.
· If the Comcare inspector gets back to me today and indicates anything different , I will let this group know.
Labelling requirements for hazardous chemicals in the supply chain
Chemicals manufactured or imported before 1 January 2017 can continue to be supplied without needing to meet the labelling requirements of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.
Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter said that Members agreed to this approach on 25 November 2016 in response to concerns raised by chemical suppliers. “This approach will ensure a smooth transition to the globally harmonised system, or GHS, and will avoid an unnecessary burden on suppliers to re-label existing chemical stock,” Ms Baxter explained.
“From 1 January next year, hazardous chemicals may only be supplied to other workplaces without GHS labelling if they were manufactured or imported on or before 31 December 2016, and were correctly labelled at that time.
“In 2017, manufacturers and importers operating under harmonised work health and safety laws must label their hazardous chemicals in accordance with the GHS under the model WHS Regulations.
“I encourage all suppliers to accept only correctly labelled stock from this point forward,” said Ms Baxter.
Each jurisdiction will be implementing this approach individually within their work health and safety laws. To understand how this approach will be applied in your jurisdiction, contact your local work health and safety regulator or visit our website for more information.
Wednesday 07 December 2016 2:16pm
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Australian employers have been granted permission to supply or accept chemicals that don't comply with the new global labelling system after 1 January, while NSW has granted a number of exemptions from the system. Meanwhile, Safe Work Australia has explained how Australian Standards interact with WHS laws.
SWA members recently agreed that chemicals manufactured or imported before 1 January 2017 can be supplied after that date without meeting the labelling requirements of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), agency CEO Michelle Baxter announced yesterday.
SWA's previous policy position was that end-users didn't need to re-label existing stock, but "should not accept new hazardous chemical products that are not GHS labelled" from 1 January, when the GHS takes full effect (see related article).
The GHS has been phased in under the model WHS Regulations since early 2012 (see related article), but Baxter said yesterday that the policy change was needed to "ensure a smooth transition" to the system.
"[It] will avoid [any] unnecessary burden on suppliers to re-label existing chemical stock," she said.
"From 1 January next year, hazardous chemicals may only be supplied to other workplaces without GHS labelling if they were manufactured or imported on or before 31 December 2016, and were correctly labelled at that time," Baxter explained.
"In 2017, manufacturers and importers operating under harmonised work health and safety laws must label their hazardous chemicals in accordance with the GHS under the model WHS Regulations," she said.
"I encourage all suppliers to accept only correctly labelled stock from this point forward."
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