Chemical Manifest - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This procedure outlines the legislative requirement for The University of Queensland to maintain a manifest of all chemicals held on its campuses and to make the manifest available to QFES.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

DG - Dangerous Goods

QFES - Queensland Fire and Emergency Service

WHS - Work Health and Safety

3. Procedure Scope/Coverage

This procedure applies to all staff and students who store, use and dispose of chemicals at UQ. This procedure covers the requirements for the University of Queensland to maintain an up to date chemical manifest.

This procedure is to be read in conjunction with other related sections in PPL 2.70 Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety.

4. Procedure Statement

The list of hazardous chemicals for a site is known as a manifest and the legislated manifest quantity is used to determine the dangerous goods classification for a site. A chemical manifest is valuable for all UQ sites for reasons of emergency response and efficient use of specialised storage facilities, as well as the use of the hazardous chemicals themselves. All UQ sites must have chemical manifests prepared regardless of their size and likely DG classification. The manifest for a site is compiled from local building inventories of chemical stocks. In this document 'manifest' refers to a site chemical list and 'inventory' to a list of chemicals within a building or room.

5. Purpose of a Chemical Manifest

The principal purpose of a chemical manifest is to provide emergency services, particularly the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES), with information on the quantity, type and location of dangerous goods stored and handled on the premises, enabling them to respond appropriately if called to an incident. The manifest is also used to determine the dangerous goods classification of a location holding chemical stocks. When a facility is classified as a Large Dangerous Goods Location (LDGL) an additional notification to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is required.

In an emergency situation UQ First Responders from P&F/Security will provide the chemical manifest to QFES. It is imperative that the information is accurate. Depending on the nature of the incident and if further information is required, QFES will contact the emergency contact person/s for the building associated with the emergency. The emergency contact person will be the liaison for the faculty/school/centre, therefore they must be a person who has sufficient knowledge of current activities/research projects and the use of the chemicals in their area of jurisdiction. The emergency contact person must also have the ability to contact other appropriate person/s for more details on an as-needs basis. It is incumbent on UQ organisational units to ensure that both their local chemical inventories and staff contacts are kept up-to-date.

6. Completing Your Chemical Inventory

Your local chemical inventory in Chemwatch will be used to compile the University manifest and must be regularly updated to reflect changes in chemical stock. 

All areas with hazardous chemicals must maintain an inventory directly in Chemwatch unless using a local comparable system capable of providing all required information to relevant parties in the event of an emergency or upon request.

7. Contacts for Further Information

Occupational Health and Safety Division

Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael
Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Mr Jim Carmichael