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Work Health and Safety Amendment (Labelling Hazardous Chemicals) Regulations 2018

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was adopted in Australia under the model work health and safety laws in 2012 with a five-year transition period.

On 13 December 2018, amendments to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 were made and give effect to the agreed Safe Work Australia policy in relation to labelling of hazardous chemicals.

The amendments:

  • provide for transitional arrangements for the GHS (regulations 341 and 342)
  • clarify that it is not necessary for hazardous chemicals labels to include duplicate label elements required by other labelling laws (regulation 335)
  • exempt certain veterinary chemicals from GHS labelling requirements that are already subject to other labelling regimes and are adequately regulated
  • make several minor updates and corrections of a technical nature to align with the model WHS laws.

The amendments commence on 1 January 2019, and the first three measures sunset after five years to allow for a review of the measures.

For further information about the amendments refer to the Explanatory Statement for the Work Health and Safety Amendment (Labelling Hazardous Chemicals) Regulations 2018 which can be found at the Federal Register of Legislation.


Page last updated: 19 Dec 2018