Hazardous substances: Get your register live and up to date

Hazardous substances refer to chemicals or substances which can be toxic, corrosive and can cause harm. So it makes sense that we document what’s on-site and when.

If you have hazardous substances on-site, there are processes that, by law, you need to follow to ensure they are stored, used, and disposed of correctly and to reduce the risk to anyone that uses or comes into contact with them.

What is a Hazardous substance register?

This is a list of all your hazardous substances (including hazardous waste) that is used, handled, or stored at any of your sites or workplaces. Having a register will ensure you know the substances you have on-site, the requirements you need-to-know, and what to do in case of an emergency.

Keeping a Hazardous substance register

Keeping your register in a central location on your site means that in case of an emergency, it can be accessed quickly by anyone who needs it. There are some key bits of information that need to be included on your hazardous substance registers. Not only do you need the information below, but you must also make sure that the register is up to date and available on-site. 

  • The name of the substance and, if available, it’s UN number 
  • A current safety data sheet or a condensed version of the key information from the safety data sheet
  • The maximum amount that is stored at the workplace
  • Where it’s located
  • Specific storage requirements
  • Any hazardous waste

Because the register represents the maximum amount of the substance held, it means it’s not going to be a daily task to keep it up-to-date. But if the maximum quantity changes, the register needs to reflect this. We recommend that you review your register each time you make a change to ensure it’s up to date and accurate.

How do I create a hazardous substance register?

Creating your hazardous substance register is simple with WorkSafe’s calculator. The calculator allows you to search for substances, and pulls all of the information together for you which then forms your register – Easy as! Click Here to get started.

If you need a hand getting started or would like more information, get in touch with the friendly HazardCo team today – we’re always happy to help. 

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