Office of Chemical Safety

The Office of Chemical Safety (OCS) undertakes a number of regulatory functions in relation to chemicals.

Page last updated: 07 October 2015

The Executive Director of OCS is also the statutory office-holder accountable to the Minister for the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

OCS staff work on three broad functions:

  • Administration of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which aids in the protection of the Australian people and the environment by assessing the risks of industrial chemicals. These assessments inform decisions made by a wide range of government agencies involved in regulating the control, use, release and disposal of industrial chemicals). OCS also provides human health risk assessment services on chemicals to other Commonwealth agencies.
  • Provision of human health risk assessment services to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) on agricultural and veterinary (AgVet) and establishment and maintenance of first aid instructions, warning statements and safety directions, which communicate the hazards, precautions and protective equipment that are appropriate for pesticides and veterinary medicines for product labels.
  • Management of the Poisons Standard for industrial and AgVet chemicals