Public discussion paper - Adoption of the Globally Harmonised System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in Respect to Domestic and Consumer Chemicals Including Pesticides

The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health is seeking public comment on a Discussion Paper which outlines possible options for the adoption of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) within the system of public health regulation of domestic and consumer chemicals, including pesticides.

Page last updated: 07 April 2009

The main purpose of the GHS is to introduce an internationally harmonised approach to classification and labelling of chemical substances which will provide the foundation for the development of national programs to ensure the safe management of chemicals during their entire life cycle. The GHS is intended to cover hazardous chemicals, either in their pure form, as dilute solutions or in mixtures. The possible adoption of the GHS is therefore likely to have implications for the chemical industry, manufacturers and distributors of chemical products, regulatory agencies (Commonwealth, State and Territory) and consumers.

Comments received on issues raised in the Discussion Paper will be used to further assist the Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health in the development within the public health sector of a more detailed draft position on the possible adoption of the GHS in Australia informed by the views of stakeholders including industry and the public. Further consultation may be undertaken.

Comments will not be posted on the website. However, any information provided that may be commercially sensitive should be clearly identified.

Comments should reach the nominated contact officer (greg.hooper@health.gov.au) by Friday 15 May, 2009.

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