By - markstirling

Transition to GHS Revision 7 – Safe Work Australia Update

DATE: 10.06.2020                        ISSUE: 2T-NAI-2020-005

Safe Work Australia has been working towards the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 7 for workplace hazardous chemicals under the model WHS laws since late 2019.

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The initially proposed two-year transitional period was due to start on 1 July 2020. However, Safe Work Australia Members have agreed to delay the start of the transitional period due to the impact of COVID-19 on Australian businesses. 

The new start date for the two-year transitional period is 1 January 2021.

Any importers and manufacturers that had already begun work on implementing GHS 7 will not disadvantaged as state and territory governments will put in place regulatory arrangements allowing businesses to commence classifying and labelling chemicals in accordance with GHS 7 from 1 July 2020 along with suppliers and end users binge able to supply and use GHS 7 labelled chemicals under these arrangements.

Further details with regard to regulatory arrangements will be published on the Safe Work website once available as well as Guidance material for businesses to transition to GHS 7.

The Safe Work Australia Website

Reference: Safe Work Australia media release 5th June 2020

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