Amendments to the WHS Regulation 18 December 2020
Amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (WHS Regulation) came into effect on 18 December 2020.
The Work Health and Safety Amendment (GHS Labelling) Regulation 2020 updates the hazardous chemical labelling requirements to the 7th revised edition of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS 7) from the 3rd revised edition (GHS 3).
GHS 7 introduces several changes to classification, labelling and safety data sheet requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals. In addition to these changes, the definition of ‘hazardous chemical’ has been clarified to ensure it captures all Category 2 eye irritants.
A transitional period of two years, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 has also been introduced. During this period, both GHS 3 and GHS 7 may be used.
This transition will provide businesses with the appropriate time to adjust and implement the changes. Following 1 January 2023, the transitional arrangements will allow hazardous chemicals labelled with GHS 3 that were already in the supply chain to continue to be supplied and used by businesses until stock runs out.
For further information visit GHS 7 transition.
The amendments also address outdated references to Australian Safety Standards, updating those relating to pressure equipment and lasers used in the building and construction industry.
Further, the Work Health and Safety Amendment (Digital Induction Training Cards) Regulation 2020 enables the issue, use and cancellation of digital versions of general construction induction training cards.