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Hazardous chemicals

South Australia's work health and safety laws regulate the storage, use and handling of hazardous chemicals as well as the generation of hazardous substances and pipelines used to convey them.

The regulations include duties for keeping a hazardous chemical register, safety data sheets, labels, placarding, fire protection and equipment. Anyone that stores hazardous chemicals in excess of manifest quantities (as defined in schedule 11 of the regulations) is required to submit a copy of their Emergency Plan to the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.

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.

Note, the duties and requirements for transporting dangerous goods, gas fitting work and the sale of petroleum products detailed in the Dangerous Substances Act 1979 and Petroleum Products Regulation Act 1995 remain.

Related Information



Safe Work Australia has developed useful guidance on a number of relevant topics.