Chemical Purchasing, Handling and Disposal

There are many risks associated with the purchase, use, handling and storage of chemicals.  Some chemicals have specific requirements, eg dangerous goods require assessment, and when in sufficient amounts, the University is required to provide notification to WorkCover NSW.  Hazardous substances require risk assessments to be undertaken before use.  Some materials are listed by authorities as prohibited or notifiable, or require the return of End User Certificates to the suppliers.

All chemicals are required to be recorded on the University Chemical Management Database (ChemWatch). The database provides the storage tool for the University to manage compliance in many areas including notifications and information for emergency situations.

The following link provides more detailed information about the specific methods required to manage the way the risks from chemicals are controlled.