• Jan16

    GHS and ADG Code – Which Rules?

    By Cam Dumesny

    The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) response to WARTA’s questions.

    General information on the introduction of the GHS is found on the website of Safe Work Australia at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/whs-information/hazardous-chemicals/pages/hazardous-chemicals-other-substances

    The introduction of the GHS into Australia has no effect on the transport of Dangerous Goods and transporters will continue business as usual by complying with the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code).  The ADG Code follows the other, older and more established international classification and labelling system – the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations.

    Industries, other than the transport industry, which store, handle and use hazardous chemicals will need to comply with the GHS system for classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals from 1 Jan 2017 in most jurisdictions, but not in WA.

    The parties that have the bulk of the responsibilities for classification and labelling are the importers and manufacturers of hazardous chemicals,  suppliers also share some of these duties.

    SWA issued recent advice which said that importers and manufacturers do not have to re-label packaging after 1 January,  if the goods were imported or manufactured before 1 January 2017.

    Now to the question of what is happening in WA re the GHS:

    • WA is in the process of drafting new Work Health and Safety Legislation for the general industry (WorkSafe WA) and for the Mining and Petroleum industries (DMP);
    • This new legislation will be based on the GHS ;
    • Both sets of legislation will be identical as far as the introduction of the GHS is concerned and will have the same implementation date;
    • This process of developing and drafting new legislation will most likely take all of 2017 and will be delayed due to the March election;
    • At present no one knows the implementation date;

    DMP hopes this helps our members until something more official appears on the DMP website.