are Hazardous Substances?
A hazardous substance
is a substance which is listed in the National Occupational
Health and Safety Commission List of Designated Hazardous
Substances or has been classified as a hazardous substance
by a supplier in accordance with the Approved Criteria
For Classifying Hazardous Substances
States have promulgated Regulations for hazardous substances.
These Regulations are generally based upon National Model Regulations
and Code of Practice. Hazardous substances are those substances,
which may have an adverse effect on the health of people in both
the short and long term.
In many cases chemicals
will be Hazardous Substances and
in the workplace are of increasing concern and all organisations
using them must train their staff in safe storage and handling
practices. Hazardous substances have long been used but the
recent development of research resulting in new processes and
corresponding industrial growth has meant that:
now be required to review the format and content of Material
Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and considerably enhance the labelling
of hazardous substances. Suppliers are obliged to provide statements
on MSDS either "Hazardous according to National Criteria"
or "Not hazardous according to National Criteria."
Legislation poses additional challenges to employers to those
encountered under Dangerous Goods Legislation. Hazardous Substances
Legislation is health and safety orientated and places emphasis
on workplace risk assessment, consultation, employee training
and proper workplace practices.
EMP has developed
programme for Hazardous Substances in the Workplace.
workplace consulting, training and publication support try our