Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS)

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Hazardous Chemical Information System upgrades


The hazardous chemical information system has been upgraded with new features that allow users to search hazardous chemicals more easily. Additionally, several issues affecting the history logs of hazardous chemicals have been resolved.

The key changes introduced in this upgrade are:

  • When searching for a hazardous chemical by its name, you can now sort your search results by ‘most relevant’. This is the default search setting for hazardous chemicals.
  • You can now review the search criteria you entered when searching for both hazardous chemicals and workplace exposure standards. To do this, click the ‘Search Criteria Entered’ bar at the top of the search results page.
  • Several bugs affecting the hazardous chemical and exposure standard history logs have been fixed.
    • When a chemical’s GHS hazard categories have been changed, this will be described using the correct hazard category names instead of numerical hazard category codes.
    • A bug which sometimes caused history logs to display the wrong date has also been fixed.

Hazardous Chemical Information System update


Safe Work Australia has completed an update of the Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS). This update incorporates classification information published in tranches 8 to 20 of the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) program run by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

This update comprises the addition of 755 new chemicals and amendments to classifications for 672 listed chemicals. To see new and amended chemicals, use the advanced search feature to show chemicals revised this week.

Hazardous Chemical Information System now live


Safe Work Australia is pleased to announce the release of 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 also allows you to search Australian Workplace Exposure Standards (WES).

HCIS currently contains GHS classifications for on over 4,500 chemicals and Workplace Exposure Standards for 690 airborne contaminants.