Hazardous chemical guidelines

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 ChemWatch.
  2. A risk assessment is to be undertaken 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.

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 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 from 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 school representatives:


Drop off Location

Send electronic manifest to

Further information




Ben Graydon

T: 02 6620 3697

E: ben.graydon@scu.edu.au

Gold Coast

B10.25 & B10.19


Spencer Hobbs

T: 07 5589 3031

E: spencer.hobbs@scu.edu.au




Alison King

T: 02 6659 8114

E: Alison.king@scu.edu.au