Manual of Policies and Procedures

A/9.8 Chemical management

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Health, Safety and Environment

Approval Date

02/04/2015

Approval Authority

Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar

Date of Next Review

01/04/2018

9.8.1 Purpose
9.8.2 Application
9.8.3 Roles and responsibilities
9.8.4 Implementation
9.8.5 Records
9.8.6 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

9.8.1 Purpose

Chemical management at QUT will meet legislative obligations and the University's requirements for the best practicable standard. QUT officers, managers and supervisors are responsible for the approved acquisition, safe handling, transport, storage, use and disposal of chemicals at QUT.

Additionally, the University requires that staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors act with due diligence, particularly those in supervisory roles and those with stated obligations under permits, licences and authorities issued by state or federal jurisdictions.

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9.8.2 Application

This policy applies to all staff, students, visitors, volunteers and contractors in all QUT workplaces. It must be read in conjunction with the Chemical management procedure contained on the Digital Workplace -  Department of Health, Safety and Environment webpages (QUT staff access only).

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9.8.3 Roles and responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities are detailed in the Chemical management procedure (QUT staff access only) in the relevant annexes of the procedure as well as in the Health and safety framework policy (A/9.1).

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9.8.4 Implementation

Instructions for the safe use of chemicals at QUT can be found in the Chemical management procedure. The procedure covers:

  • Labels and safety data sheets
  • Chemical risk management
  • Chemical acquisition, manufacture, importation and supply (including donations, loans, gifts)
  • Storage, handling and use
  • Transport and transfer
  • QUT high risk chemicals
  • Chemical stock management
  • Manifests, signage and placarding
  • Explosive atmospheres and hazardous areas
  • Gas cylinder safety

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9.8.5 Records

Records must be managed in accordance with the University’s Records management policy (F/6.1).

The following records relating to chemical management must be maintained:

  • chemical inventory (register) within each work area in accordance with the requirements in the Chemical management procedure
  • chemical manifests for each building and site where chemicals are located
  • chemical risk assessments
  • induction and training of staff and students in chemical management, including special handling, risk management, safety data sheets, spill management and emergency response
  • Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate (SSAN) usage register
  • details of staff, researchers and research students using prohibited or restricted carcinogens (kept for 30 years); with written advice provided to the person on the activity using prohibited or restricted carcinogens at cessation of activity and employment.
  • details of health assessments conducted for any person exposed to chemicals listed in Schedule 14 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld), and
  • other records as required by legislation related to chemical management and outlined in the chemical management procedures.

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9.8.6 Definitions

Definitions relevant to this policy are in the Health, Safety and Environment definitions document located on the Digital Workplace, Department of Health, Safety and Environment webpages (QUT staff access only).

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Related Documents

MOPP A/9.1 Health, safety and environment framework

MOPP A/9.2 Environment protection

MOPP F/6.1 Records management

MOPP H/4.2 Cleaning and waste management

Chemical management procedure (QUT staff access only)

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)

Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Qld)

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
06.03.17 All Registrar Simplified policy and minor revisions
02.04.15 All Registrar Revised policy to remove duplicated content that is included in the Chemical Management Procedure
12.03.14

A/9.8.2, A/9.8.4, A/9.8.7

Council Revised policy to reflect approved new department titled Health, Safety and Environment and new appointment of Director, Health, Safety and Environment
19.02.14 All Registrar Revised policy to reflect work health and safety harmonisation
12.07.10 All Registrar Revised policy
10.06.05 All Registrar Policy reviewed (no change required)
23.06.03 All Registrar

New policy (endorsed by University Health and Safety Committee 06.06.03)

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