Community safety on the agenda for new consultative committee

Community safety will be a priority for the new Strategic Consultative Committee for the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

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28 August 2015

Community safety will be a priority for the new Strategic Consultative Committee for the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said today.

The new Committee, which held its first meeting today in Sydney, includes representatives of peak industry bodies as well as organisations representing public health, worker, environment and consumer interests.

The committee will consider red tape reduction measures with a view to ensuring community safety, as well as the efficient operation of NICNAS.

“This is a government that thinks of the safety of the community first and foremost,” Minister Nash said.

“We also understand the importance of cutting red tape for businesses so that they can pass on savings to consumers. The Australian industrial chemical sector employs around 60,000 people and contributes over $11 billion to Australia’s economy.

“The SCC will play an important role in the implementation of NICNAS reforms announced earlier this year, which will cut red tape for business while maintaining safety standards.

“This committee allows industry and community organisations to make a meaningful contribution to the effective operation of NICNAS,” Minister Nash said.

“Representing industry are nominees from Accord Australasia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation and the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association.

“Community interests are represented by nominees from the Public Health Association of Australia Incorporated, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the National Toxics Network.”

Minister Nash said industry and community interests would be equally balanced on the committee when its membership was finalised.

A communique will be published on the NICNAS website following each committee meeting, summarising the key issues discussed.

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122

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