Hazardous chemicals

Hazardous chemicals

Exposure during decanting, mixing or general application of chemicals as well as poor storage can lead to injury and illness. Lack of information may also be contributing to harm.

SafeWork NSW will:

  • work with state and federal agencies to identify chemicals that are posing the highest risk to farm workers and improve communications of their health risks and better controls
  • engage with regional farm chemical manufacturers, importers and suppliers to ensure that they are meeting their obligations when supplying to farms
  • in partnership with other government agencies and community organisations collectively identify and address gaps in industry guidance materials for the farming community related to safe chemical selection, storage, handling, use and disposal.

We will know we are on track if:

  • manufacturers, importers and suppliers who are meeting their obligations identified during SafeWork NSW site visits increase
  • farms that have compliant storage, handling, use and disposal practices in place identified during SafeWork NSW site visits increase
  • the number of manufacturers, importers and suppliers that area aware of and complying with Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) obligations increases.
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