Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

Part 3 General duties relating to risk management

3.1 Duty of PCBU to keep hazardous substances inventory

(1)

A PCBU with management or control of a workplace must ensure that—

(a)

an inventory of hazardous substances used, handled, manufactured, or stored at the workplace is prepared and kept at the workplace; and

(b)

the inventory is maintained to ensure the information in the inventory is up to date.

(2)

The inventory must include—

(a)

the product or chemical name and UN number (if available) of each hazardous substance at the workplace; and

(b)

the maximum quantity of each hazardous substance likely to be at the workplace; and

(c)

the location of those hazardous substances; and

(d)

any specific storage and segregation requirements relating to those hazardous substances; and

(e)

for each hazardous substance listed in the inventory, the current safety data sheet or a condensed version of the key information from the safety data sheet; and

(f)

any hazardous waste.

(3)

The inventory must include, in relation to hazardous waste,—

(a)

an identifier that describes the nature of the waste as closely as possible; and

(b)

the maximum quantity of the waste likely to be at the workplace; and

(c)

the location of the waste at the workplace; and

(d)

any specific storage or segregation requirements for the waste.

Example

For paragraph (a), an identifier might be chlorinated solvent waste, flammable waste, or chromium VI waste.

(4)

The PCBU must ensure that the inventory is readily accessible to any emergency service worker attending the workplace, including—

(a)

during an emergency; and

(b)

after the workplace has been evacuated.

(5)

This regulation does not apply—

(a)

to a transit depot or designated transfer zone at which the PCBU with management or control is able, at any time on the request of an emergency service worker, to supply the product or chemical name and quantities of each hazardous substance at the depot or in the transfer zone; or

(b)

to a hazardous substance that is a consumer product and is used at the workplace only in quantities that are consistent with household use.

(6)

A PCBU who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—

(a)

for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $2,000:

(b)

for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Compare: Model Work Health and Safety Regulations r 346 (Aust)