Staff that work within organisational units that store and use hazardous chemicals, including Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG), make a significant contribution toward managing the risks that are associated with these substances.
Organisational units manage these chemicals by:
Regularly updating chemical registers within Chemwatch and downloading hard copy registers, incl. relevant Safety Data Sheets (SDS), which are placed in chemical usage and storage areas;
Assessing and managing WHS risks, including preparing for emergencies, in collaboration with relevant teaching and professional staff;
Ensuring that SDSs and safe work instructions are accessible and understood by all chemical users, including students;
WHS inspections of laboratories and chemical storage areas are scheduled by organisational units, at least every three to six months, and identify a range of hazards that may be present within these areas. Good housekeeping is also maintained in these areas.
Staff and research students also formally assess WHS risks, using one of ACU’s WHS Risk Assessment Forms or the Chemwatch Risk Management Module. The assessment of risk and the associated treatments (controls) that are developed shape the safe work instructions, which are developed and applied.