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Curtin University
Health, Safety and Emergency Management

Hazardous Material

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Ordering of Chemicals
Chemical Risk Assessments
Chemical Waste Disposal
Ordering of Gases
Pregnancy

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)


Q. How do I know if the SDS is compliant?
A. All Safety Data sheets for hazardous and non hazardous chemicals need to be Australian compliant before they can be uploaded into Chemalert.  This means that there is a name, address and phone number of an Australian supplier, including an emergency phone number on the SDS.

Ordering of chemicals


Q. What is the process for ordering chemicals?
A.When ordering chemicals for your area, please go to the HSEM web site and download the Chemical Pre-purchase  Checklist.  The purpose of the checklist is to inhibit the unauthorised purchase or acquisition of chemicals. You will also be prompted to request a current compliant SDS.

Chemical risk assessments


Q. When do I need to fill in a chemcial risk assessment?
A. Before using any chemical product for the first time in the workplace, a chemical risk assessment is required to be undertaken to determine the associated hazards and the control measures required for its safe use. This includes any new chemicals that may be produced during an activity (including waste materials), and ‘transient’ chemicals brought in for a short time for use by others (e.g. contractors). Therefore all who engage in activities associated with chemicals must be aware of the hazards/risks associated with chemicals and the controls that have been put in place to reduce the risks.

Chemical waste disposal


Q. How is chemical waste disposed of and who pays for it?
A.The preferred method of chemical waste disposal is to use a licensed waste contractor, e.g. ToxFree to ensure that waste is disposed of in a safe and environmentally responsible way. Curtin University Health, Safety and Emergency Management Department organises the disposal of unwanted chemicals biannually. The business unit that has generated the waste is responsible for charges for the specific waste.

Ordering of gases


Q.What is the process for ordering gases?
A.When ordering gases for your area, please go to the HSEM web site and download the Gas Pre-purchase Checklist.  The purpose of the checklist is to ensure that the gases are to be handled appropriately for their use, that emergency procedures and equipment are in place to manage any incident associated with the gas and segregation and compliant storage is available. You will also  be prompted to request a current compliant SDS.

Pregnancy


Q. What tasks should I avoid when pregnant?
A.It is strongly recommended those contemplating pregnancy or who are already pregnant, should avoid the use of suspected teratogens and mutagens. They should not be exposed to ionizing radiation, regular shocks, heavy vibration, excessive heat and extreme physical movement. Please refer to the Safety Data Sheets to ascertain this information.
Q. What should I do if a laboratory staff member informs me that they are pregnant?
A.Ensure that a risk assessment for the type of work they do is reassessed and controls have been put in place to prevent exposure to the above hazards.