Chemicals and MSDSs
Contractors must provide up to date Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for all chemicals:
- used on site
- brought onto the site and/or stored at the site.
MSDSs are valid for five years from the date of issue. They must include Australian emergency contact details. NB: In some states, MSDSs are also known as Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Additionally, contractors must keep a register of all chemicals that they store permanently on site, for example cleaning chemicals. For refurbishment or new site works, the contractor must maintain a separate Contractor Chemical Register that is available on site for the duration of these works.
Contractors must store chemicals in a manner and location that is:
- in a secure position where unauthorised people cannot access them
- free from the risk of falling or being knocked over
- away from food
- in line with the storage requirements for dangerous goods and hazardous substances
- appropriately labelled
- minimise the quantity of chemicals kept at the site
- provide MSDSs for all chemicals used on site
- use control measures as outlined in the risk assessment, Work Method Statement and MSDS
- keep all empty or full liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders secured on a cleaning equipment trolley or secured (eg. chained) to prevent the cylinder from being knocked over or damaged.