Draft decisions to manage chemicals – have your say

Have your say to inform development of national standards for managing chemicals.

The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) is seeking feedback on proposed regulatory scheduling decisions for managing eight chemicals under the Industrial Chemicals and Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS).

IChEMS is a national approach to managing chemical use, storage, handling and disposal. 

We are sharing information about this consultation with our stakeholders on behalf of the Commonwealth.

When IChEMS commences, industries who use industrial chemicals will be required to comply with the risk management measures recorded in the IChEMS Register for each scheduled chemical. 

While open to the public, this Have Your Say process is most relevant to chemical importers, manufacturers and users, and the hazardous waste industry.

This is an opportunity for you to have your say to inform development of national standards for these chemicals.

The proposed regulatory scheduling decisions are for three chemicals of high concern to the environment, listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, plus another five chemicals of lower concern.

The high concern chemicals include hexabromobiphenyl (HBB), hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN). A previous call for information indicates that these chemicals are no longer used in Australia.

The chemicals of low concern are currently used in Australia in cosmetics, printing and coating or automotive oils.

To find out more, visit the DCCEEW’s IChEMS page https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/ichems-s17-proposed-decisions.

Submissions close on Wednesday 7 December 2022.