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Health, Safety and Emergency Management

Managing Hazardous Materials @ Curtin


Hazardous materials are chemicals and other substances present in the workplace that have the potential to harm the health of persons, causing illness or disease. This general definition also includes dangerous goods and poisons. Biological and Radioactive agents are covered under different guidelines.

Common examples of hazardous materials include toners, cleaning products, paints, fuels, herbicides, and laboratory chemicals.

To minimise the risks to health, and in order to meet the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996, the following minimum standards must be met.

Minimum Standards

  • All chemicals present in the workplace must be correctly Labelled;
  • A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) must be available for all hazardous materials;
  • A Register of all hazardous materials present in the workplace must be maintained;
  • A Risk Assessment must be completed for each hazardous material;
  • All chemicals must be appropriately Stored;
  • All staff and students must be provided with adequate Information and Training;
  • All chemicals must be purchased according to the University's Purchasing Requirements;
  • Hazardous waste must be appropriately Disposed of;
  • Special Precautions must be followed for certain materials.