Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS)

Welcome to the Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS)

HCIS is an internet advisory service that allows you to find information on chemicals that have been classified in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

HCIS includes both hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals where relevant classification information is available. The classifications in HCIS include hazard properties which are not recognised by the model Work Health and Safety Regulations, like environmental hazard properties.

Please be aware that HCIS is not a comprehensive database of all chemicals. It is the responsibility of the Australian manufacturer/importer to determine if their product is a hazardous chemical and if so, to correctly classify their product. If you are unsure about the classification of a chemical not included in this database you should contact your chemical supplier or the manufacturer/importer for more information.

HCIS also includes workplace exposure standards (WES). Mandatory exposure standards are also listed in the legal document Workplace Exposure Standards for Airborne Contaminants. No exposure standard should be applied without reference to the Guidance on the Interpretation of Workplace Exposure Standards for Airborne Contaminants and to the related documentation.

GHS Transition Period Ending Soon

The GHS becomes mandatory in most states on 1 January 2017. This means newly manufactured or imported hazardous chemicals must be labelled in accordance with the GHS from then on. Read More

New Hazardous Chemical FAQs

Safe Work Australia has recently updated its hazardous chemical FAQ's with a suite of new questions and answers regarding the GHS, safety data sheets, labelling and more. View them here