Substances (chemicals and chemical products) are covered by the general duties under the OHS Act. In addition, Victoria has specific legislation covering both hazardous substances and dangerous goods in the workplace. Hazardous substances are covered by the OHS Regulations, and Dangerous Goods are covered by the Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.
The main changes to the 2007 regulations in the 2017 regulations are:
- the regulations have been recast to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements and terminology.
- All references to the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances, Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) and associated terminology have been removed
- The AgVet labelling requirements have been amended to align with the Model WHS approach which is to allow for APVMA labels but require GHS hazard and precautionary statements
- the definition of 'container' has been amend to capture containers exceeding 500lts or 500kg
hazardous substance means a substance that satisfies the criteria for hazard classification set out in Part 3 (Health Hazards) of the GHS, but does not include a substance that satisfies the criteria solely for one of the following hazard classes:
- acute toxicity - oral - category 5;
- acute toxicity - dermal - category 5;
- acute toxicity - inhalation - category 5;
- skin corrosion/irritation - category 3;
- serious eye damage/eye irritation - category 2B;
- aspiration hazard - category 2
- A hazard pictogram means a graphical composition, including a symbol combined with other graphical elements, that is assigned in the GHS to a hazard class or hazard category
- A hazard statement means a statement assigned in the GHS to a hazard class or hazard category describing the nature of the hazards of a hazardous substance including, if appropriate, the degree of hazard