Hazard Management

Asbestos Management 

In accordance with the legislation, Southern Cross University ensures regular audits are performed to identify asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACM), maintains a register of all the materials identified and implements an Asbestos Management Plan. 

To reach our goal of being asbestos free, Southern Cross University is continuously planning asbestos removal works. 

Warning labels have been placed on all identified materials and listed on the Asbestos Register. 

Property Services maintain the Asbestos Register and Asbestos Management Plan. For more information, please contact propertyservices@scu.edu.au.

Reporting Suspected Materials

If you suspect a material contains asbestos, immediately notify the Director, Property Services, Danika Head (danika.head@scu.edu.au / 0429 467 088), Manager, Capital and Minor Works, Geoff Cottee (geoff.cottee@scu.edu.au / 0408 487 423) or Manager, Facilities Operations and Contractors, Leo Gortz (leo.gortz@scu.edu.au /  0466 746 055).For more information, please refer to the Asbestos Management Plan. 

Maintenance/Construction/Demolition/Servicing Works Performed in an Area Containing Asbestos

Any trade staff or contractors attends site for works must complete the required induction, sign and return an Asbestos Acknowledgement Form and consult with the Asbestos Register and Manager, Capital and Minor Works, Geoff Cottee (geoff.cottee@scu.edu.au / 0408 487 423) before commencing work.

All safety documentation must be completed and returned in addition to the above requirements. 

Asbestos Documentation

Asbestos Management Plan 

Asbestos Register

Asbestos Acknowledgement Form

Asbestos Management Plan SCU Lismore G Block 

Asbestos Management Plan SCU Lismore O Block

Asbestos Management Plan SCU Lismore S Block

Asbestos Management Plan SCU Lismore U Block

Relevant Legislation

NSW - Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017

QLD - Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

NSW - Code of Practice: How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace

QLD - Code of Practice: How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace

Acquisition (purchase or donation)

Prior to the initial purchase or donation of a chemical, the following should occur:

  1. A copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) shall be obtained from the manufacturer/supplier or accessed via .
  2. A risk assessment is to be undertaken to determine if the product is a Dangerous Good, Hazardous Substance or Scheduled Drug or Poison.
  3. Verify that the controls identified in the risk assessment have been implemented prior to acquisition.

 Registers and manifests

Each area where Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Substances are stored are required to maintain a register or manifest. Any person who could be exposed to a Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Substance must have access to these documents.

Regulations require that the minimum information that must be included in a register is a list of all Dangerous Goods / Hazardous Substances present, together with the applicable Safety Data Sheet.

Prior to disposing of chemicals a manifest must be provided to the Chemical Storage drop off location. The manifest must itemise the chemical names, quantities, and dangerous goods and packaging classifications.

 Labelling protocols

Labels on hazardous chemicals identify hazards and give instructions on how to use them safely.

Ensure hazardous chemicals containers are labelled with GHS compliant labels. The label should be clearly legible and firmly fixed to the container; it should not be obscured or in a spot where it could be removed, for example on the lid. Containers that are to be reused for other purposes than the original shall have all references to the Dangerous Goods removed.

SCU hazardous checmical labels are distributed by Workplace Health and Safety. To request labels, please email whs@scu.edu.au

 Risk assessment

The Risk Assessment process should be undertaken to define the requirements of the fire and emergency systems for a specific Dangerous Goods store or product. These shall be included in the Emergency plan of the area and the site if deemed significant enough to do so. Staff, students and visitors should be trained in the safe handling of all chemicals used in your workplace.

Spill kits

Wherever chemicals are used, handled or stored, a spill kit must be available and be appropriate for the material stored / handled.

Disposal and waste

Waste disposal shall be in accordance with statutory guidelines and University licence requirements. The SDS shall be consulted for guidance on environmental consequences.

  1. Chemical waste adhesive labels (supplied by WHS) are to be filled out by the custodian (including class of chemical and contents) and attached to containers prior to disposal.
  2. An electronic manifest must be provided prior to delivering chemicals to the University chemical drop off locations for disposal.
  3. Chemicals stored in drop off locations in preparation for disposal must be segregated into the appropriately marked areas, i.e. flammables, corrosives.

Campus storage & disposal locations

Access to these areas are restricted to designated department or facully representatives:

CampusDrop Off LocationSend Electronic Manifest toFurther Information
Lismore W1.52 chemstore@scu.edu.au Property Services T: 02 6626 9505 E:propertyservices@scu.edu.au
Gold Coast Building B10.25 B10.19 chemstore@scu.edu.au Spencer Hobbs T: 07 5589 3031 E:spencer.hobbs@scu.edu.au
NMSC A0.17 nmsctech@scu.edu.au Stephan Soule T: 02 6659 8118 E:stephan.soule@scu.edu.au>

 Relevant legislation

328 - 391 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017

Code of practice for managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace

Code of practice for labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals

Code of practice for the preparation of safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals