Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) update

Classifications and exposure standards for hazardous substances can also be obtained from the Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS).

July 2012


Based on the NICNAS (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme) Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report for formaldehyde, Safe Work Australia has updated the entry in HSIS for formaldehyde to reflect recommended changes in classification. The update includes a change to the carcinogen classification from category 3 (limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect) to category 2 (may cause cancer by inhalation) and is made in accordance with the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances [NOHSC:1008(2004)] 3rd Edition. The full classification is available on HSIS.

The NICNAS Priority Existing Chemical Report can be accessed from the NICNAS website.

Manufacturers and importers need to consider this amendment and, if necessary, update safety data sheets and labels to ensure they contain correct and current information.

Email queries about the update can be directed to HSIS feedback.

The HSIS online database is an internet resource that allows users to find information on substances that have been classified in accordance with the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances [NOHSC:1008(2004)] 3rd Edition and/or have National Exposure Standards declared under the NOHSC Adopted National Exposure Standards for Atmospheric Contaminants in the Occupational Environment [NOHSC:1003(1995)]. The publication Workplace Exposure Standards for Airborne Contaminants replaces this document under the new Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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