SafeWork Australia: New Chemical Database


New chemical database provides easy access to chemical information.

From SafeWork Australia:

A new, easy to search chemicals database is available on the Safe Work Australia website.

The Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) provides information on chemicals that have been classified in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The new database features classification and labelling information for over 4 500 chemicals, including pictograms as well as  a searchable database of workplace exposure standards.

HCIS replaces the previous Hazardous Substance Information System (HSIS) and will make it easier for manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end-users of chemicals to meet the requirements of the GHS.

The GHS will become mandatory under the model work health and safety laws from 1 January 2017.

Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of hazardous workplace chemicals are responsible for ensuring that correct GHS labels and SDS are prepared for hazardous chemicals.

Users of workplace hazardous chemicals can keep using, handling and storing hazardous chemicals labelled in accordance with a previous labelling code if the product was supplied before 1 January 2017.

From 1 January 2017, users should not accept new hazardous chemical products that are not GHS labelled, e.g. labelled in accordance with previous labelling codes.

More information about the Hazardous Chemical Information System and the GHS is available on the Safe Work Australia website:

Users of the database should note that the classifications and labelling information is provided as advice only.


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