4.2 Scheduled Carcinogenic Substances

This part applied to scheduled carcinogenic substances in addition to Part 4.1 (Hazardous Substances).

Under the Victorian regulations, the substances regulated under this part are listed in Schedule 5A: Prohibited Carcinogenic Substances and Schedule 5B: Notifiable Carcinogenic Substances (these schedules are found at the end of the Regulations - and reproduced below, and were updated on July 1, 2014)

4.2.2 Supply of scheduled carcinogenic substances

Suppliers cannot supply a scheduled carcinogenic substance to an employer/self-employed person  unless that person holds a licence specific to that substance.

The supplier must:

  • record the name and address of the person to whom the substance is supplied; and
  • record the name and quantity of the substance; and
  • obtain a copy of the relevant licence
  • retain record and copy of licence for at least 5 years

4.2.3 Requirement to hold carcinogens licence

Only a laboratory (and employees of that lab) with a licence issued under Part 6.1 (Licences) are permitted to use (work or carry out an activity) a Schedule 1 (Prohibited) carcinogenic substance.

Laboratories and other workplaces are permitted to use a Schedule 2 (Notifiable) carcinogenic substance if they hold a licence issued under Part 6.1 (Licences).  

The employer/self-employed person does not have to hold a licence if the substance is supplied to the workplace in a sealed container that is not intended to be opened.

4.2.4 Records

An employer must keep a record of each person who works with a scheduled carcinogenic substance and retain the record for a period of 30 years from the date the person last worked with a scheduled substance.  The record must contain:

  1. the person's full name; and
  2. date of birth; and
  3. residential address during the period the person worked with the substance; and
  4. the name of each scheduled carcinogenic substance the person worked with; and
  5. the period of time the person worked with the substance/s

4.2.5 Statement of work with a scheduled carcinogenic substance

If a person has worked with a scheduled carcinogenic substance, the employer must give the person a written statement whent the person ceases to work at the workplace. The statement must contain:

  1. the name of any scheduled carcinogenic substance the person worked with; and
  2. the period of time the person worked with the substance/s; and
  3. details of how and where the records retained under 4.2.4 may be obtained; and
  4. a statement advising the person to have periodical health assessments and details of the types of tests that are relevant.

Schedule 5A: Prohibited Carcinogenic Substances

 Substance NameChemical Abstract Number
12 - Acetylaminofluorine53-96-3
34 - Aminodiphenyl92-67-1
4Benzidine and its salts
including benzidine dihydrochloride
5bis(Chloromethyl) ether542-88-1
6Chloromethyl methyl ether
(technical grade which contains bis(chloromethyl) ether)
74 - Dimethylaminoazobensene (Dimethyl Yellow)60-11-7
82 - Napthylamine and its salts91-59-8
94 - Nitrodiphenyl92-93-3

Schedule 5B: Notifiable Carcinogenic Substances

 Substance NameChemical Abstract Number
2Benzene - when used as a feedstock containing more than 50% of benzene by volume71-43-2
33,3' - Dichlorobenzidine and its salts
(including 3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine dihydrochloride)
4Diethyl sulfate64-67-5
5Dimethyl sulfate77-78-1
6Ethylene dibromide - when used as a fumigant106-93-4
74,4'-Methylene bis(2-chloroaniline) - MOCA101-14-4
83-Propiolactone (Beta-propiolactone)57-57-8
9o -Toluidine and
o -Toluidine hydrochloride
10Vinyl chloride monomer75-01-4
The full text of the regulations can be viewed and downloaded from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website -  click on Victorian Law Today, then on Statutory Rules, and then on "O" to find the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Last updated June 2015


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