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Petroleum & Gas Inspectorate | Bulletin | No.14 V 2.0 | 21 July 2021

Chemical Management

What happened?

Recent inspections across oil & gas field operations have identified a lack of awareness with hazardous chemical management and training. This includes identification and recognition of hazardous components such as respirable crystalline silica.

How did it happen?

On 1 January 2021, Australia began a two-year transition to Global Harmonisation Scheme (GHS) 7. GHS is a globalised method for classifying chemicals and preparing labels and safety data sheets (SDS).  It gives users practical, consistent and easy to understand information about chemical hazards and management.

Key issues


The Executive Safety Manager must ensure the operator of the plant has, for each stage of the plant, an approved safety management system  which is implemented to effectively manage the risks associated with the plant. This includes ensuring:

References and further information

Key considerations

Both the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 regulates:

Authorised by Bill Date - Chief Inspector – Petroleum & Gas

Contact: Don Harris, Principal Inspector, Drilling , +61 7 4531 8521

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is a guide only and is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.
Placement: Place this announcement on noticeboards and ensure all relevant people in your organisation receive a copy.

All information on this page (Chemical Management - is correct as of time of printing (26 Sep 2021 4:54 pm).