There are several OHS Act regulations you must comply with depending on the industry your business is in.
Three of these regulations contain a rule about labelling, packaging and transporting hazardous materials.
If you work with these materials and don't comply with this rule, you'll face serious penalties.
Read on to discover the three OHS Act regulations that contain this particular rule so you can comply and avoid penalties...
These are the three OHS Act regulations that contain the labelling, packaging and transportation rule
1. Asbestos Regulations, 2001;
2. Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations, 1995; and
3. Lead Regulations, 2001.
If your company works with any of these substances, you must adhere to the regulations in these laws. This includes the rule about properly labelling, packaging and transporting them.
After all, these substances can cause serious illness if they contaminate an area. But correctly labelling, packaging and transporting them reduces that risk in your workplace and outside your business.
So how do you comply with this rule?
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Take these five steps to comply with this OHS Act rule
Step 1: Store the substance in a sealed container during use or shipping.
Step 2: Label each container to ensure easy identification. Include information such as the full substance name (particularly when you work with chemicals), its batch number, the date of manufacturing and date of purchase.
If you purchase instead of manufacture the substance on site, also include the supplier's details on the label.
Step 3: Keep the substance container in a safe area.
Step 4: When transporting, ensure you pack the containers into the transport vehicle correctly.
Step 5: Record the details (substance name, batch number, date of manufacturing, etc.) of any substances you ship.
Follow these five steps to comply with this OHS Act rule and it hazardous materials regulations.