Safe Work Australia (SWA) has adopted UN GHS Rev. 3 to classify and label hazardous chemicals in Australia since January 1, 2017. On January 1, 2021, the SWA changed from UN GHS Rev. 3 to UN GHS Rev. 7, and provided stakeholders with a two-year transitional period which expired on December 31, 2022. From January 1, 2023, manufactures, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals in Australia should comply with UN GHS Rev. 7.
What shall be paid attention to?
For manufacturers and importers
Re-labeling and disposing of any existing products are not required. However, their SDSs should comply with UN GHS Rev. 7 from January 1 of 2023 even if the label doesn’t. If a company repackage or re-labelled hazardous chemicals, the company will be considered to be a manufacturer or importer of hazardous chemicals.
Any stock manufactured or imported before January 1 of 2023 and it’s not classified and labelled under UN GHS Rev. 7 should not be supplied. Only stock that is classified, labelled, and with SDS prepared under UN GHS Rev. 7 should be accepted.
Only new stock manufactured or imported after January 1 of 2023, which is manufactured, classified and labelled under UN GHS Rev. 7, should be accepted. The product can be classified and labelled under either UN GHS Rev. 3 or Rev. 7 if the hazardous chemical is manufactured or imported before January 1, 2023. However, SDSs should be prepared under UN GHS Rev. 7 from January 1, 2023.
It should be noted that, in Western Australia, UN GHS Rev. 7 should be used from March 31, 2023. It’s important to make clear the GHS compliance requirements in each jurisdiction of Australia. Details can be checked here.