Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Hazardous Chemicals) Amendment 2020 – explanatory statement
The Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Hazardous Chemicals) Amendment 2020 amends the model WHS Regulations to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7) and update references to Australian Standards for lasers and pressure equipment.
These amendments will be inserted into the model WHS Regulations from 1 January 2021. Please note that amendments to the model WHS Regulations do not automatically apply in a jurisdiction. For the model WHS Regulations, including any amendments, to have effect in a jurisdiction, they must be made in that jurisdiction. Review the WHS laws in your state.
Please note the amendments were updated in November 2020 to correct an error that could have required businesses that use hazardous chemicals to relabel old stock in some circumstances. The explanatory statements found below have also been updated to reflect this correction.