How Do I Know If A Substance Is Hazardous?

Substances on sale to public

Information provided by the manufacturer, supplier or retailer (typically, this would be as a label on the package or container) should tell you:

  • if a substance is hazardous.
  • its hazardous properties.
  • how to dispose of it or where to find that out.
  • Pcontact details for the manufacturer or supplier.

There may be additional information – for instance, in the package or attached in a plastic sleeve – depending on its type and degree of hazard.


Substances supplied to a workplace

A hazardous substance supplied to a workplace must be
accompanied by more detailed
documentation on:

  • the type and degree of hazard.
  • kinds and extent of harm or damage it can cause.
  • when that harm or damage is likely to happen and how to
    prevent it happening.
  • how to dispose of it and how not to dispose of it.


Substances packaged for transport

When a substance is packaged for transport

  • the package must have a placard or label indicating its type an degree of hazard.
  • the driver must carry documentation identifying the substance and the hazards
    it presents.


What are my Responsibilities

  • You must make sure that you have been supplied with the right information and documentation for the hazardous substances that you deal with.
  • Each hazardous substance must be supplied in packages that comply with packaging controls. You must make sure that this packaging is not damaged. Information supplied with the hazardous substance must be kept with the substance and must remain in good condition.
  • You need to comply with the controls set by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on each substance that you deal with.

Check to see if a code of practice has been approved by the Authority. Following that could make compliance with these controls easier.