Hazardous Chemical Audits
Assess compliance with applicable legislation, codes and standards for storage and handling of Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods.
Safe storage, handling, use and disposal of hazardous chemical substances is a legislative compliance requirement in all Australian jurisdictions. Improper storage risks catastrophic consequences such as fire and release of hazardous chemicals causing harm to people and the environment. Improper handling practices expose workers to safety and health risks from exposure to hazardous chemicals, ranging from skin and eye irritation to death or permanent harm.
Safe use of chemicals requires not only obtaining material safety data sheets, but understanding and interpreting their content, and implementing adequate storage and handling controls in the workplace.
A Bureau Veritas Hazardous Chemicals Audit of your workplace can encompass any and all of the following elements:
- Storage of Dangerous Goods of classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, consistent with applicable Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation, codes and standards, such as:
- Australian Dangerous Goods Code Edition 7 (ADG7),
- AS 1940–2004 The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids, and
- AS 4332–2004 The storage and handling of gases in cylinders,
- Signage, placarding and emergency manifests,
- Licensing and notification to regulators,
- Developing hazardous chemical registers, including material safety data sheets (MSDSs, or SDSs), for substances at the workplace,
- Hazardous chemical risk assessments, consistent with the Safe Work Australia Code of Practice, Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace, or equivalent,
- Guidance on safe storage, handling and disposal of hazardous substances in the workplace, such as labelling, decanting, personal protective equipment, fume extraction etc.,
- Training of staff and workers in hazardous chemicals and safe handling procedures,
- Workplace exposure monitoring, and advice on requirements for health surveillance of employees exposed to workplace hazardous substances;
- Compliance with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
Our approach to Hazardous Chemical Assessments includes:
- Defining the scope of the assessment – location(s), types of substances, required outputs etc. (e.g. dangerous goods, hazardous chemicals or both);
- Site inspection to identify chemical substances in use, storage locations, handling and disposal practices, etc. Typically, written notes and a photographic record are made (subject to client approval.)
- Review existing information such as SDS folders, Hazardous Chemical Registers, site emergency plans, safe work procedures etc., to identify gaps
- Preparation of a Hazardous Chemical Assessment Report detailing findings and recommendations for ongoing improvement.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas HSE are experts in the provision of workplace assessments and testing, including personal exposure monitoring. All assessments are undertaken by qualified, experienced Occupational Hygienists and technicians.
The primary focus of these assessments is to provide practical, cost effective solutions, designed to achieve compliance with the relevant standards and statutory requirements specific to client situations.
Bureau Veritas are also a global leader in the provision of testing, inspection and certification services. In over 140 countries and with over 66,000 professional employees, you will move for ward with confidence with Bureau Veritas.