HAZCHEM Conference – 27th October 2016 – Sydney, Australia


IDC Technologies recently hosted the inaugural HAZCHEM Conference in Sydney on the 27th October 2016. The purpose of the conference was to enable delegates to understand how to comply with the Globally Harmonised System (GHS).

The GHS is a United Nations created system for the classification, labelling and safety data sheet (SDS) of chemicals on a global basis.  The GHS was accepted worldwide in 2012 and most countries (US, Canada, Europe and China) have now adopted it into their own health and safety legislation.  By January 1st 2017 most of Australia (excluding WA and VIC) has agreed to comply with the new system.

With the adoption of the national model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations in 2012, Australia has agreed to the GHS. We are nearing the end of the five year transitional period to move to the new GHS-based system. After 31 December 2016, all workplace chemicals must be classified according to the GHS and labels and SDS must be updated. GHS is the most important change to legislation within the new WHS Regulations.

The conference boasted seven technical presentations, including a half day workshop from HAZCHEM enthusiast and expert, Craig Watt, General Manager of Chem-Safe Australia. The following topics were covered at the conference:

  • GHS Awareness Training Course (half day workshop)
  • Challenges of the GHS from a Universal Perspective
  • Safeguarding Your Dangerous Goods and Chemicals Storage: Audit and Risk Assessment
  • The GHS in Australia – Implementing Legislation and Supporting Activities
  • How does the WHS/GHS Interact and Impact on Dangerous Goods Warehousing and Transport?
  • Labelling and Placarding of Bulk Storages and Tanks

The conference was very interactive with audience members invited to ask questions throughout the presentations making for an engaging and collaborative event.

A big thank you to the sponsors of the event Chem-Safe Australia and the Engineering Institute of Technology.


For further information on the HAZCHEM Conference or to purchase the technical papers and slides from the conference, please contact 1300 138 522 or email conferences@idc-online.com

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