Hazardous substances in your work environment.
Hazardous substance audits help you identify the hazardous substances present and help to determine the processes and controls needed to reduce the exposure, or potential exposure, in the workplace.
Hazardous substances audits include:
- checking the storage and handling risk of hazardous substances and materials
- observation of work practices to assess the potential routes of exposure such as inhalation, respiration, ingestion and absorption
- monitoring workplace controls and checking the appropriate PPE is used to limit exposure.
A hazardous substances audit conducted by HSE Australia will:
- identify all potential hazards
- assess the risks associated with any identified hazard
- control the risks
- review processes and practices
- develop hazardous substance registers to meet compliance requirements
- develop and review implementation programs.
Auditing, Sampling & Management of potential risks & existing hazards.
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Frequently asked Questions
Hazardous substances have the potential to harm the health or safety of employees and contractors in the workplace. They can be solids, liquids or gasses in the form of fumes, dust, vapour or mist.
Hazardous substances are not limited to chemicals. They can be also be dust particles, fumes or flammable solids.
Indications that a person is exposed to a hazardous substance can include:
- allergic reactions
- allergic sensitisation
- breathing problems
- skin rashes
- and other health problems from exposure
Typical hazardous substances in work environments include:
- flammable gases
- flammable liquids
- flammable solids
- asbestos products
- diesel & petrol fuels
- paints & thinner
- drugs & pharmaceutical products
- cleaning chemicals
- gas & aerosol cylinders
- refrigerant gases
- liquefied petroleum gas
- exhaust fumes
- welding fumes
- chemically reactive or toxic substances
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And do you provide a Hazardous Chemical Register Template for download?
HSE Australia can provide you with a basic template to support you in your aim to create a safe workplace. However, it is your responsibility as an organisation or PCBU to understand and comply with WHS regulations regarding the storage and handling of Dangerous Goods. This register template can only by a small part of your effort to keeping your workers safe. Therefore, we recommend a professional assessment of your workplace.
Please download the document here:
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