First Aid Instruction and Safety Directions (FAISD) Handbook

Reading the Tables

Page last updated: May 2016

Prescribed first aid instructions, warning statements and general safety precautions apply to ALL products containing the specified substance at concentrations scheduled as poisons in the SUSMP. The left-hand column specifies the active substance, although it may also include information on concentration range, SUSMP Schedule or product type. There may be some exceptions to this general rule, for example, when statements apply only to specific concentration ranges, or to products within specific schedules of the SUSMP. This is illustrated by the example shown below.

First Aid Instructions, Warning Statement and General Safety Precautions
PoisonFirst Aid InstructionsWarning Statements & General Safety Precautions
The left-hand column specifies the active substance, although it may also include information on concentration range, SUSDP Schedule or product type.The middle column specifies the first aid instructions applying to the active substance shown in the left-hand column.The right-hand column specifies the warning statements & general safety precautions applying to the active substance shown in the left-hand column.
Glutaraldehyde
Ÿ below 5 per centa,c05, 34, 101, 104, 105
Ÿ 25 per cent or less, greater than 5 per centa,c,s05, 34, 101, 104, 105
Ÿ more than 25 per centa,c,s03, 34, 101, 104, 108,105
Benzalkonium chloride
• when included in Schedule 6 ( schedule specific)a, c, f, s
• when included in Schedule 5 ( schedule specific)a, c
• in pressurised spary packs ( product type specific)o
For a product which contains more than 25% glutaraldehyde, first aid instructions ‘a’, ‘c’ & ‘s’ are required as specified in the second column of the example above. The text to which these codes refer is determined by reference to the table of standard statements found later in this section, an extract of which is shown below.
Standard Statements
CodeFirst Aid Instruction
a.If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 131126.
c.If swallowed, do NOT induce vomiting. Give a glass of water.
s.If in eyes, hold eyes open, flood with water for at least 15 minutes and see a doctor.

Thus for the example of a product containing greater than 25% of glutaraldehyde the following first aid instructions need to appear on the product label

First Aid

If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 131126. If swallowed, do NOT induce vomiting. Give a glass of water. If in eyes, hold eyes open, flood with water for at least 15 minutes and see a doctor.


Using the same example, the warning statements and general safety precautions required for a product containing greater than 25% glutaraldehyde are specified in the third column of the example table. The text to which the codes refer is determined by reference to the tables of standard statements provided later in this section, an extract of which is shown below.
Standard Warning Statements
NumberCorresponding standard statement
03Corrosive liquid
34May cause allergy
Standard General Safety Precaution Statements
NumberCorresponding standard statement
101Avoid contact with eyes
104Avoid contact with skin
105Wear protective gloves when mixing or using
108Avoid breathing dust (or) vapour (or) spray mist

Thus, in addition to the specified first aid instructions, a product which contains more than 25% glutaraldehyde must carry the following statements on the label:

Safety Directions

Corrosive liquid. May cause allergy. Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid contact with skin. Avoid breathing dust (or) vapour (or) spray mist. Wear protective gloves when mixing or using.