Using prohibited carcinogens and chemicals

There are certain carcinogens and chemicals that are prohibited, unless they are used for research or approved by SafeWork NSW. Or, in the case of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), you are getting rid of them or using them in existing electrical equipment or construction material. Clinical handling of cytotoxic drugs, cytotoxin and related waste should include the development and implementation of safe systems work. This page provides guidance and practical advice on cytotoxic drugs and related waste risk management that is consistent with the requirements of NSW work, health and safety laws.

There are certain carcinogens and chemicals you can’t use, unless they are used for research or approved by us. Or, in the case of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), you are getting rid of them or using them in existing electrical equipment or construction material.

If you want permission to use a prohibited or restricted carcinogen, fill in this application form.If permission is granted, you need to keep a copy of your authorisation for at least 30 years.

You must give any worker who uses a prohibited or restricted carcinogen a written statement outlining:

  • the name of the carcinogen
  • how long they have been exposed to it
  • where they can get records of possible exposure
  • what health tests are recommended.

You must also keep a record of the names of all those likely to be exposed to these carcinogens, together with their address and date of birth.

Clinical handling of cytotoxic drugs and related waste should include the development and implementation of safe systems work. If you need guidance the cytotoxic drugs and related waste risk management guide provides practical advice that is consistent with the requirements of NSW work, health and safety laws.

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