The Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) codes in Queensland have been amended to align with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) version 7. The GHS is an internationally recognized system for classifying and labelling chemicals based on their hazards.

The new GHS-7 regime includes updated criteria for classifying chemicals and new label elements, such as hazard pictograms and precautionary statements. The changes to the WHS codes in Queensland will affect businesses that use, handle, or store hazardous chemicals, and will require them to update their procedures, labels, and safety data sheets to comply with the new GHS-7 requirements.

Which GHS codes are updated for Queensland?

In QLD 10 WHS Codes were recently amended to include updated GHS-7 content. Where possible we have linked the updated codes to the relevant Workplace Health and Safety QLD code of practice document sheet (PDF) or SafeWork document for more information on each specific update.These codes are:

  1. Abrasive blasting
  2. Confined spaces
  3. How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace
  4. How to safely remove asbestos
  5. Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals
  6. Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
  7. Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  8. Preparation of safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals
  9. Spray painting and powder coating, and Welding processes
  10. Managing respirable dust hazards in coal-fired power stations (not yet available online)

Ensuring that you have updated your workplace health and safety to be compliance with GHS-7 code of practice is important because it helps ensure that chemicals are properly classified and labelled based on their hazards, and that your workers and others who may come into contact with these chemicals are aware of the potential risks and know how to protect themselves.

The GHS system is designed to be consistent and easy to understand, making it easier to comply with regulations and for workers to identify and understand the hazards associated with the chemicals they may be exposed to. By updating to the GHS-7 code of practice, you can be sure that your workers are better protected and that you comply with the latest regulations and standards.

From 1 January 2023, only GHS 7 can be used to classify and label chemicals in Australia.

Do you need support to ensure you are compliant with new codes?

For more information on work health and safety for your business, or setting up management plans for chemicals you can book a Complimentary Consultation.  Get in touch with the team from Masula Compliance on 07 3348 3666 or email