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To comply with the OHS Act's chemical regulations, you must do these 12 things

by , 16 October 2014
The OHS Act governs all the different aspects of health and safety. You need to follow these instructions and regulations to the T so you can comply and keep your employees safe.

One of the most important areas for you to monitor when it comes to your compliance is your employees' use of chemicals.

Because chemicals are so hazardous, especially with long term exposure, you must ensure everyone in your company follows the OHS Act's chemical regulations.

Here are the 12 things you must do to make sure this happens...

 
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Do these 12 things to comply with the OHS Act's chemical regulations

 
1. Inform and train your employees on the dangers of chemicals and how to use them safely.
2. Tell your employees what they must do if they get sick because of exposure to chemicals.
3. Assess your employees' potential exposure to the chemicals.
4. Monitor the air in your workplace to ensure there isn't a buildup of chemical fumes.
5. Use medical surveillance to constantly monitor your employees' health.
6. Provide respirator zones in your workplace so employees can get away from areas with chemicals and get medical attention in case the chemicals affects their breathing.
7. Keep records that relate to what chemicals you use, how you store, transport and use them and any incidents that happened because of them.
8. Control your employees' exposure to chemicals with safety equipment.
9. Ensure your employees use their personal protective equipment (PPE) when they work with chemicals.
10. Take care of any control measures you have in place so they remain effective.
11. Label, package, transport and store all the chemicals correctly and safely.
12. Dispose of hazardous chemical substances in a safe and legal way.
 
Follow these 12 regulations to ensure you comply with the OHS Act and keep your employees safe at work.
 
For more on how to manage hazardous chemicals in your workplace, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.
 


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