Nanosafety Forms and Documents

Application Forms

All nanosafety forms including those for:


Guidelines for completing research application forms

A researcher would require to follow the below steps:

  • Identify nanomaterial work via WSA form
  • Filling out the Nanomaterial Project Registration form
  • Filling out the Nanomaterial Risk Level Banding form
  • (If RL 1 or 2) > Low-Risk Nanomaterial Work Assessment form
  • (If RL 3 or 4) > High-Risk Nanomaterial Work Application form
  • Submit to the Lab Tech/Manager or Nanosafety officer/coordinator

Safety Data Sheet - Information for Researchers

1.1. What are the duties in relation to the preparation of safety data sheets?

WHS Regulation 330

Manufacturer or importer to prepare and provide safety data sheets

A manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must prepare an SDS for the hazardous chemical.

Manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals have duties under the WHS Regulations to provide current information about the hazardous chemical in the form of an SDS.

Under the WHS Regulations, manufacturers and importers of a substance, mixture or article have an obligation, before first supplying it to a workplace, to determine whether it is a hazardous chemical and, if so, to correctly classify that substance, mixture or article.

The manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical must prepare an SDS for the hazardous chemical before first manufacturing or importing the hazardous chemical or if that is not practicable, as soon as practicable after first manufacturing or importing the hazardous chemical and before first supplying it to a workplace.

The manufacturer or importer must review the SDS at least once every five years from the date of original preparation or the last revision of the SDS. The manufacturer or importer must amend the SDS whenever necessary to ensure that the SDS contains correct, current information, for example, whenever any new information about the hazardous chemical is known or received or when the formulation changes.

It is not necessary to review the SDS if the manufacturer or importer has not manufactured or imported the chemical in the last five years.

The manufacturer or importer must also provide the current SDS to any person if the person is likely to be affected by the hazardous chemical and asks for the SDS. The manufacturer or importer is not required to provide the SDS if they have not manufactured or imported the chemical in the last five years.

The person writing the SDS should have appropriate expertise and have access to the product formulation and information on its correct hazard classification

Note: a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who packages or relabels a hazardous chemical with their own product name is considered to be a manufacturer and therefore has the same obligations as a manufacturer under the WHS Regulations to prepare an SDS.

A PCBU may change an SDS if they are the manufacturer or importer and the changes are consistent with the duties of the importer or manufacturer. A PCBU who is not the manufacturer or importer may only change an SDS to attach a translation to the SDS and it must be clear that the attachment is not part of the original SDS.

1.2. When is it necessary to prepare a safety data sheet?

WHS Regulation 330

Manufacturer or importer to prepare and provide safety data sheets

An SDS must be prepared before first manufacturing or importing a hazardous chemical, or if this is not possible, as soon as practicable after first manufacturing or importing the chemical and before first supplying it to a workplace.

Almost every hazardous chemical, as defined in the WHS Regulations, needs an SDS under the WHS Regulations. This includes hazardous chemicals that are intended for use as consumer products.

A chemical that is not hazardous does not require a safety data sheet, however, if you intend to prepare an SDS for a non-hazardous chemical it should be prepared in accordance with this code so far as is reasonably practicable.

While this Code applies to hazardous chemicals as defined in the WHS Regulations, an SDS should also be provided for:

- Any chemical that may adversely impact the health or safety of persons or the environment, but has insufficient information to allow it to be correctly classified. The SDS should reflect what is currently known about the chemical.

- A mixture which contains an ingredient that meets the criteria for respiratory and skin sensitisation, specific target organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity, and mutagenicity. It is recommended that an SDS be prepared for that mixture, even if the mixture overall is not a hazardous chemical according to the WHS Regulations.

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