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Best practices for getting the most out of your ChemAlert investment

Managing Safety Data Sheets

Sample Safety Data Sheet - Page 1 - GHS Australia

Whilst ChemAlert has a team of Scientists, Administrators and Technology experts constantly updating and reviewing Safety Data Sheets, the legal onus is always on the PCBU to ensure the most accurate SDS and pertinent information is available to employees. Review your out-of-date SDS' by using the Stock Register filter.

Manufacturers, Suppliers and Importers are legally obligated to provide a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to a person at the workplace where the hazardous chemical is supplied. Updates to SDS' can be sent to RMT via email, the request module or the “SDS Upload” functionality found in Product Details, from there a scientist will review the update and load the SDS to the main repository.

Compliance of foreign chemicals safety data sheets

Foreign SDS' must be modified by the supplier or importer to comply with Australian regulations. Check your register for foreign SDS' using one of the pre-defined queries in the Analytics Module. If you do have foreign SDS', make sure you contact your supplier for an Australian-compliant version or if you are importing, contact RMT so an Australian-compliant SDS can be written using our SDS Authoring Service. You can utilise the Batch Reports module if you want hard copy documents.

Safety Data Sheet Generator and ChemAlert reports

ChemAlert can bulk generate SDS', ChemAlert Reports, Labels and completed Risk Assessment Reports. Maintaining these is easy by choosing “Products Newer Than” in the Batch Reporting Properties next time you load the products.

Monitor Hazardous Chemicals

Revealing new insights

Identify the Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods (Hazardous Chemicals) being used within your organisation using Stock Register filters or the Stock Reports module which can create printable reports with a few simple steps. Minimising chemical hazards has never been easier with our chemical management software.

Via the Stock Reports module, ChemAlert can check for Storage Incompatibilities to help you determine where dangerous goods segregation is required, monitor placarding and manifesting quantities and help you assess Major Hazard Facility thresholds. Consult our segregation of Dangerous Goods storage chart for more information.

Not only is the reduction of potential cancer causing agents around your organisation good practice, WHS legislation introduced a list of over 40 Prohibited and Restricted Carcinogens and Restricted Hazardous Chemicals. Use your ChemAlert system to check whether you have any products that contain these and what the restrictions or conditions of use are.

Your system doesn't stop there! Create chemical hazard lists by using using the filters in your stock register to review and report on products that are classified Carcinogens, Mutagens and Reproductive Toxins. With ChemAlert 5, assess your current chemical footprint and start taking actions to reduce your use of hazardous chemicals. Search for your current chemicals and access their environment, waste and physical impact ratings and reports. ChemAlert will automatically suggest less hazardous chemicals alternatives to chose from. With ChemAlert as your trusted chemical management system, start reducing the potential chemical risks in your workplace and the environment.

Control Chemical Risk

Risk Assessment Screenshot
  • Prioritise your assessments by the ChemAlert Colour Rating system
  • Pick safer (less hazardous, less dangerous) chemical alternatives by searching on Use
  • Perform step-by-step task-based Risk Assessments to analyse risks and controls
  • Publish the Risk Assessment reports to your users so they buy into the management of safety and risk
Reduce Cost

Reduce the cost of your regulatory burden by using ChemAlert to manage your hazardous chemicals

Costs go down

Each chemical stored onsite has a cost to your organisation that goes well beyond the initial purchase price. The cost increases substantially for Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods due to the legal management requirements.

Run the Obsolete Products Stock Register filter and evaluate this list for depletion or disposal. If a product has been re-established for sale, don't forget to request an updated SDS from your supplier and send it through to RMT for updating in the system.

There's no point wasting time performing Chemical Risk Assessments for products no longer onsite, so don't forget to remove obsolete products from your register once depleted or disposed of.

Look for similar use products and consolidate where possible, using the increased buying power as leverage for a better deal.

Streamline Processes by storing all your important safety documents and procedures

Continuous Improvement Cycle

Make ChemAlert the one stop shop for all your chemical safety documents so your employees know where to access the right information quickly and easily. Adding Reference Files and URLs to store documents such as Safe Work Procedures, JSAs and Technical Data Sheets, along with the Safety Data Sheet and your completed Risk Assessments increases the likelihood of users referring to the documents.

Set rules for workers to follow

Remind workers that flammable or corrosive liquids should be stored in approved cabinets. Site Rules can be used to restrict or prohibit quantities of corrosives, flammables and much more. Preventing initial storage is much more efficient than relocating or removing it later.

Configure the Chemical Request module to create a standardised process to ensure every product is adequately assessed for safety, suitability and use prior to arrival to your site. By doing this you can reduce the risk of unknown hazardous chemicals appearing on site. Learn more about the functionalities of the latest release of ChemAlert.