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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:
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
The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice invites nominations from interested persons within the Northern Territory who:
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:
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 Justicec/o: SecretariatThe Department of the Attorney-General and JusticeGPO Box 1722Darwin 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NT WorkSafe is a division of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice
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