ACT to Adopt GHS in Model WHS Regs


ACT to Adopt GHS in Model WHS Regs


ACT to Adopt GHS in Model WHS Regs

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 are being amended with the changes expected to take effect in March 2018. The changes incorporate the final two sections of the model WHS Regulations; Major Hazard Facilities and Hazardous Chemicals.


The adoption of GHS (Globally Harmonised System for Classification and Labelling of Hazardous Chemicals) will impact many ACT workplaces. These changes will move duties currently within the ACT’s Dangerous Substances laws into the WHS laws.


The main actions required for ACT workplaces:

1.    New chemicals may now have the GHS symbols. Train staff to understand and recognise the new symbols. Note: you do not need to re-label your chemicals.

2.    When decanting chemicals use the GHS symbols or descriptions (see below);

Have the current SDS for all substances. MSDS will no longer be used.


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