Office of Chemical Safety

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

Page last updated: 20 February 2017

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 administers 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 – for example, chemicals used in coal seam gas extraction, oil dispersants and for setting drinking water guideline values.