July 9, 2020

AS4187 Covers chemical safety and storage in section 3 relatively a small section in comparison to the other sections in the standard; But as you can see the excerpt below. in fact, this has become a little unknown big task for CSSD’s.

AS/NZS 4187:2014 42

(“5.6.9   Storage facilities for bulk items shall be provided external to the cleaning and packing areas. Safe storage facilities shall be provided for chemicals in accordance with applicable workplace health and safety requirements and regulations”).

A few bullet points of what the requirements are for all processing facilities (far too many for my little blog) 

The Occupational Health and Safety (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 and the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 require employers (or more broadly occupiers under the dangerous goods framework) to:

  • obtain a copy of the current manufacturer’s or importer’s SDS for all hazardous substances/dangerous goods supplied to the workplace and ensure that workers have access to them
  • ensure all containers of hazardous substances/ dangerous goods supplied are labelled/ marked with the manufacturer’s or importing supplier’s label
  • The storage of dangerous goods in compliance with the relevant Australian Standard is essential for companies aiming to meet their Worksafe obligations (see pic below)
  • ensure decanted or transferred hazardous substances/ dangerous goods are labelled as required
  • ensure hazardous substances/dangerous goods in systems/pipework are identified
  • set up a hazardous substances/dangerous goods register
  • eliminate or reduce risks associated with the use of hazardous substances/dangerous goods as far as is practicable
  • for dangerous goods, undertake specific risk control duties associated with: design; workers and visitors; stability and interaction of goods; plant and structures; spill control; and dangerous atmospheres. Prepare for incidents and emergencies and undertake specific duties in relation to incidents.
  • provide employees with information, instruction, training and supervision