25 September 2023

Safe Work puts lid on chemical storage

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Safe Work Australia has issued a new guide for the safe storage of chemicals in Australian workplaces.

Director of Chemicals Policy at the Agency, Paul Taylor said the guide would be of particular benefit to small to medium sized businesses who were required to store chemicals safely.

“It is important to know which chemicals are safe to store together, where you can safely store them and which ones you should separate,” Dr Taylor said.

“In this guide we go into some of the common health and safety risks of storing chemicals and ways to manage those risks.”

He said the guide included a handy storage checklist that set out the standard precautions everyone should take, and a detailed chart that would tell senior management and employees which types of chemicals to separate and by how far.

“The guide was developed in consultation with representatives from national work health and safety regulators, unions and industry groups,” Dr Taylor said.

He urged people who wanted to find out more about complying with work health and safety requirements in their particular region to contact their local Work Health and Safety regulator.

Safe Work Australia’s 18-page guide can be accessed at this PS News link.

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