Carcinogens Safety - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

The aim of this policy is to ensure that staff and students comply with the legislative requirements associated with the handling of chemical carcinogens and how their exposure can be safely managed in the workplace.

Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

AS - Australian Standards

IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer

3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to all University staff and students who use carcinogens.

4. Policy Statement

Part 16 of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 prescribes requirements for the usage of hazardous substances in the workplace. These regulations apply within Queensland workplaces and all staff and students must comply with these regulations.

5. Legislative Requirements

The following legislative guidance material applies to persons who handle carcinogenic substances:

  • Australian Standard AS 2243, Safety in Laboratories (Parts 1-10);

  • Safe Work Australia, Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS), Exposure;

  • IARC, Evaluation of carcinogenic risk of chemicals to humans, International Agency for Research on Cancer;

  • Queensland Division of Workplace Health and Safety - Guidelines for handling cytotoxic drugs and related waste;

  • Australian Standard 2567 - Laminar flow cytotoxic drug cabinets; and

  • Australia Standard 2639 - Laminar flow cytotoxic drug safety cabinets - installation and use.

For information on where to source these documents, contact the Occupational Health and Safety Division (telephone 3365 2365).

To obtain a copy of the Guidelines for Working Safely with Carcinogens: http://www.uq.edu.au/ohs/PPL/2-70-10/OHYG-carcinogen.pdf

6. Responsibilities

The responsibilities of supervisors and individuals who use chemical carcinogens at the University are outlined in the Guidelines for Working Safely with Carcinogens.

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