Safe Work Australia updates Hazardous Substances Information System

Safe Work Australia has recently updated the entry in Hazardous Substances Information (HSIS) for formaldehyde based on the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report for formaldehyde.

The update includes a change to the carcinogen classification from category 3 (limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect) to category 2 (may cause cancer by inhalation). This is done in accordance with the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances [NOHSC: 1008(2004] 3rd Edition.

Manufacturers as well as importers are advised to consider this amendment and, if needed, update safety data sheets and labels to make sure they contain correct and up-to-date information.

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