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December 05
New system for labelling of hazardous chemicals

​In 2017, there will be changes to the way hazardous chemicals used in workplaces are labelled. The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, which was adopted in Australia in 2012, will come into full effect in the Northern Territory and other Australian states from 1 January 2017.

The GHS is an international system to classify and communicate chemical hazards using consistent terms and information on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

The GHS will have the largest impact on manufacturers, importers and suppliers of hazardous chemicals, there will be some requirements that end users will need to meet.

To ensure products currently in the supply chain can continue to be sold and used, the NT Government has put in place three exemptions.

What do I need to do?

For the first six months of 2017, it is business as usual, however you should:

  • Make sure your workplace has a safe system of work to manage the risks of using hazardous chemicals
  • Do a stocktake of chemicals at your workplace and dispose of the ones that are out of date or no longer used
  • Ask your supplier for updated SDSs for the chemicals you use.

After 30 June 2017, you should only buy chemicals that are classified and labelled according to the GHS requirements.

However, existing chemicals at your venue do not have to be disposed of or relabelled and you can continue to use these products until they are finished. Any replacement product you purchase should meet the GHS requirements.

Information for chemical retailers or suppliers

Suppliers and retailers should not accept product that was manufactured after 31 December 2016 that does not comply with GHS labelling requirements.

Additional information on the GHS can be found here or by calling NT WorkSafe on 1800 019 115

November 03
Call for nominations - Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Council

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice invites nominations from interested persons within the Northern Territory who:

  • have a wide range of experience across major industry sectors
  • are representatives of organisations representing employees or employers
  • have expertise in the rehabilitation of injured workers, or
  • have expertise in the insurance industry.

The Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Advisory Council comprise the person constituting the Work Health Authority and no more than ten members appointed by the Minister.

The Council’s functions are to:

  • keep the operation of the Return to Work Act under review
  • make recommendations to the minister on possible changes to the administration of the Act, or the statutory scheme for the rehabilitation and compensation of injured workers in the Northern Territory
  • carry out investigations, at the Ministers request, into questions about the rehabilitation and compensation of injured workers and to report back the results of the investigation
  • perform any other advisory functions relating to workers’ rehabilitation and compensation as the Minister directs.

The term of office is determined by the Minister, but will not exceed two years. Sitting fees are available to eligible members.

Please forward your current resume and a one page cover letter outlining your relevant experience and representation to:

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
c/o: Secretariat
The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722
Darwin NT 0801

or by email to: agd.secretariat @nt.gov.au

Applications close on 23 December 2016.

For more information, please call the advisory council secretariat on (08) 8999 5120.

September 09
Safe Work Month 2016

​October is Safe Work Month. NT WorkSafe encourages all Territorians to get involved to raise awareness of workplace safety. Whether an employer or worker it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep their workplace safe.

This year NT WorkSafe, the Small Business Safety Program and partner organisation Beyond Blue will deliver free safety seminars and other activities in major regional centres across the Territory. Additionally, there will be education seminars directed towards members of the public, providing information on what you need to know from a regulatory perspective on household gas safety and solar installations.

Please click on an event below to register or for further information.

Location Date Time Seminar topic and registration
Darwin Tues 11 October 11am to 12pm Gas Safety for Industry - An NT WorkSafe View
Darwin Tues 11 October 1pm to 2pm Solar Power and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Darwin Tues 11 October 4pm to 5pm Gas Safety and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Darwin Tues 11 October 5.30pm to 6.30pm Solar Power and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Darwin Thur 27 October 11am to 12pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces
Darwin Thur 27 October 1pm to 2pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces
Darwin Fri 28 October 11am to 12pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces
Alice Springs Wed 19 October 11am to 12pm Gas Safety for Industry - An NT WorkSafe View
Alice Springs Wed 19 October 1pm to 2pm Solar Power and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Alice Springs Wed 19 October 4pm to 5pm Gas Safety and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Alice Springs Wed 19 October 5.30pm to 6.30pm Solar Power and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Alice Springs Mon 24 October 11am to 12pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces
Alice Springs Mon 24 October 1pm to 2pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces
Katherine Wed 12 October 4pm to 5pm Gas Safety and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Katherine Wed 12 October 5.30pm to 6.30pm Solar Power and You - An NT WorkSafe View
Katherine Tues 25 October 3pm to 4pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces
Katherine Tues 25 October 5pm to 6pm Heads Up - creating mentally healthy workplaces

Small Business Safety Program roadshow

The Small Business Safety Program is an initiative designed to assist small businesses understand and comply with their work health and safety obligations. The aim of the program is to improve the capacity and capability of small businesses to manage their own health and safety systems.

The program provides access to Small Business Safety Advisors who are available for free workplace consultations and can provide resources and documents that are tailored to individual business needs.

Throughout October a Small Business Safety Program Advisor will be available for appointments in the following regions:

Katherine - from 12pm on Monday 3 October to 12pm on Wednesday 5 October

Alice Springs - from 10am on Wednesday 19 October to 2pm on Friday 21 October

To make a one-on-one appointment please call 1800 019 155 or email safetyadvice@nt.gov.au

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