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A Hazardous Material Assessment (HazMat Assessment) is a thorough assessment of a building or workplace to identify material and substances that can present a health hazard to occupiers, workers, visitors, or the environment.

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HazMat Assessment

Often conducted as part of a larger project, for example a redevelopment, a HazMat inspection will identify potential health risks and monetary risk upfront and provide a means of managing the hazardous products at the workplace.


A HazMat Assessment should be conducted by a specialist, such as an Occupational Hygienist, and includes important procedures such as:

  • Preparation of or review of existing HazMat Register
    • might include sample analysis
  • Preparation of a manifest of some hazardous chemicals
  • Development of a HazMat Emergency Management Plan
  • Review & reference of Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

When performing a Hazardous Materials Assessment all potential risk of exposure is assessed.
That includes substances such as chemicals, asbestos, lead paint, PCBs, mercury, mould or silica dust.
A holistic review is especially important for projects where substances might have left dormant for a long time and are now to be disturbed or disposed of.

A detailed HazMat Audit will also account for the manner in which the hazardous substances or material is used. Depending on the workplace an assessment of the hazardous chemicals generated or produced at the workplace may be required.

Step 1

The initial step in assessing any HazMat situation is to request the existing Hazardous Material or Hazardous Chemicals Register if one exists. If available, the assessor will also review any information about any changes that might have occurred at the workplace or property since the register was developed.
This will help the assessor to determine if changes to the register or the emergency management plan are necessary.

If a HazMat register needs to be established, samples of potentially hazardous material may need to be taken and analysed before a new register can be created.

Step 2

Following this initial step is the inspection of the relevant area for potential risks and hazards. This includes identifying all potentially hazardous substances present at the property or workplace that are not yet recorded.

Step 3

The next step of a thorough HazMat audit is to look for obvious signs of contamination such as spills, leaks, or fumes and to identify any sources of ignition, flammable liquids or gases that represent a health risk, e.g., by causing poisoning or a fire or explosion.

If the inspection identifies substances that are not yet in the register or substances whose composition cannot be determined, samples may need to be taken. A laboratory analysis will then be conducted to identify the exact composition and quantity of the potentially hazardous material present in the environment.
This will allow for an accurate determination of the hazards involved and provide insight into the best course of action for managing Hazardous Material

Step 4: Create a HazMat Emergency Management Plan

Finally, once the hazards have been identified, analysed, and the actions necessary to manage them have been developed, it is important to create a HazMat Emergency Management Plan.

This plan will include the steps needed to prevent and mitigate risks in an effective and safe manner. It will cover all aspects of HazMat handling and disposal including safety protocols, emergency procedures, and decontamination procedures.

Overall, HazMat Assessments are key to understanding the risks associated with HazMat exposure at your workplace.

An effective HazMat assessment is essential for protecting worker from potential hazards and risks within the workplace.

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What are hazardous substances?

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.

Are hazardous substances chemicals?

Hazardous substances are not limited to chemicals. They can be also be dust particles, fumes or flammable solids. 

Are there indications for hazardous substances?

Indications that a person is exposed to a hazardous substance can include: allergic reactions, allergic sensitisation, breathing problems, skin rashes; poisoning, cancer and other health problems from exposure.

What are typical hazardous substances?

Typical hazardous substances in work environments include: flammable gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, asbestos products, pesticides, herbicides, diesel & petrol fuels, paints & thinner, drugs & pharmaceutical products, cleaning chemicals, degreasers, gas & aerosol cylinders, refrigerant gases, liquefied petroleum gas, exhaust fumes, welding fumes corrosives, chemically reactive or toxic substances.

What industries are required to conduct HazMat Assessment?

Industries such as chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, transportation, and waste management require HazMat assessments.

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