GHS Labelling and Classification of Chemicals

Across Australia manufacturers, suppliers and users of Hazardous and Dangerous Goods are preparing for the introduction of the Globally Harmonised System of Labelling and Classification of Chemicals (GHS).

  • The GHS is applicable in all states and territories in Australia
  • All products supplied to you after 1 January 2017 should have GHS compliant labels (you are able to keep and continue to use those with existing labels procured prior to 1 January 2017)
  • All Safety Data Sheets supplied to you after 2017 should be GHS compliant (for epar Members that are supplied with SDS, these will be automatically updated in your system as they are made available by manufacturers)

The placard and manifest quantity for some hazardous and dangerous goods you use may have changed. This may mean you need additional signage onsite or are required to submit additional information to WorkSafe and keep these documents in a HAZMAT information box at the entry to your facility.

PLACARD (SIGNAGE) QUANTITY – the limit that triggers your requirement to have additional signage onsite

MANIFEST (NOTIFICATION) QUANTITY – the limit that triggers your requirement to supply WorkSafe with notification regarding the relevant materials (including a manifest and site plan – see Example Manifest & Site plan Page 7 & 9)

The primary change and likely impact for your organisation will be the manifest quantity for the storage of fuels and gases onsite (or if you have water treatment plants or facilities onsite), but all hazardous and dangerous goods must be assessed against the new requirements.

This may trigger the need to notify WorkSafe with your manifest and site plan and keep these materials at the entry to your facility (if you have not already).


Pesticides in Australia are registered for use by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

While pesticides will continue to be registered by the APVMA, they will need to comply with the GHS by 1 January 2017.

The inclusion of pesticides in the GHS labelling and classification system brings Australia in line with other GHS countries we trade with.

Please see here the GHS Placard Manifest Quantities for the new GHS structure and an Example Manifest & Site plan as required by the regulator.

Please contact any of the epar team to discuss your situation and how we may be able to assist.

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