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Chemicals and Hazardous Substances

If research, teaching or general operational activities involves using chemicals and hazardous substances you will need to work in accordance with the legislative requirements and at a standard that ensures the health and safety of staff, students, the community and the environment.

Before conducting research, teaching or general operational activities involving radiation, biosafety and hazardous substances at ECU, staff and students must identify the hazards inherent with their work and seek any approvals required from ECU RBHSC before work commences. A health and safety (HS) risk assessment must be completed using the WHS risk register module available in ECU’s online risk management system – Riskware and approved in accordance with ECU’s risk acceptance criteria. If any of the radiation, biosafety or chemical and hazardous substances hazards risk factors identified in the HS risk assessment meet the criteria for RBHSC approval, an application must be made to the RBHSC, as outlined in RBHS application and approval process flow diagram. This flow diagram provides an overview of the process, links that provide the user with further information to assist understanding as to what is required to complete an application for approval. The RBHS application is completed and submitted for approval in the RBHS Application and Approval Module of Riskware. Members of the Radiation Biosafety and Hazardous Substances Committee (RBHSC)have been trained in the module and self-help information sheets are available on the ECU Health, Safety and Wellness website to provide guidance on how to complete an application.

For assistance with Chemical and Hazardous Substances advice please contact either the your area ChemAlert Administrator or the University Hazardous Substances Advisor at

A list of School/Service Centre ChemAlert administrators is available ChemAlert Administrators.

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