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Chemical Safety in Schools

Chemical safety is an important issue for all schools who have legislative obligations to use and handle chemicals safely.

All schools need to manage hazardous chemicals as per the Work, Health and Safety Regulations. This includes maintaining a hazardous chemicals register and holding current Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for each hazardous chemical and ensuring all containers are appropriately labelled.

There are many places around the school that chemicals are used, these include but are not limited to:

  • Staff areas and kitchens – washing up liquid, dishwasher chemicals.
  • Laboratories –  various laboratory chemicals.
  • Art classrooms – paints, solvents, glues.
  • Technical classrooms – solvents, stains, glues.
  • Photography dark rooms – developers, fixatives.
  • Cleaner’s storerooms – cleaning detergents, bleaches, drain cleaners.
  • Maintenance sheds / rooms – petrol, paints, spray paints, oils.
  • Swimming pools – acids, chlorine.

RESOURCES:

Chemwatch program GoldFFX, is used for managing chemicals and contains a searchable database of database of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), both the vendor SDS and generic ones, to assist staff and students in the preparation of chemical registers and risk assessments.
For information about accessing through our membership contact Sharon Katina at CSNSW, sharon.katina@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

CHEMICAL SAFETY IN SCHOOLS RESOURCE

This resource for teachers has been co-developed by CSNSW with DoE and AISNSW. To access this resource contact Sharon Katina – Education Policy Directorate, sharon.katina@csnsw.catholic.edu.au.

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

CHEMICALS OF A SECURITY CONCERN

  • National Code of Practice for Chemicals of a Security Concern
    The code encourages organisations to consider and examine their own risks from a national security perspective and to take steps to reduce risks to ensure that chemicals are not stolen or diverted for terrorist purposes
  • Chemical Security
    Australian National Security has identified chemicals of security concern because of their potential to be used by terrorists to make bombs or chemical weapons.

ASBESTOS

RADIATION

SAFETY DATA SHEETS 

GLOBALLY HARMONISED SYSTEM OF CLASSIFICATION & LABELLING OF CHEMICALS (GHS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Queries regarding obligations of Catholic schools in regard to chemical safety in schools can be referred to Catholic Schools NSW