The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) require hazardous chemicals to be classified and labelled in accordance with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), however end users are still able to use, handle and store inventory holdings of hazardous chemicals labelled in accordance with the previous labelling code if supplied to them before 1 January 2017. A transitional provision (Regulation 736) outlines how hazardous chemicals should be classified and labelled before that time.
Important change: The requirement to notify SafeWork SA if using, handling and/or storing certain quantities of hazardous chemicals (Regulation 348) was to take effect from 1 January 2016. However, after careful consideration, it has been determined that the State's existing dangerous substances licensing system provides a more thorough safety management approach. The existing licensing system therefore remains in South Australia.