As agreed 4 November 2022 by Commonwealth, State and Territory environmental regulators.
The IChEMS Minimum Standards (PDF 82KB)
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STANDARD 1 – INFORMATION AND AWARENESS
Obtain, share, and use information on the environmental risks of industrial chemicals to ensure that any persons handling the chemical throughout the supply chain are aware of these risks, and enabled to undertake activities using industrial chemicals in an environmentally safe manner.
For introducers (importers and manufacturers) and reformulators, this includes a requirement to develop and provide information to the supply chain about the environmental risks of the industrial chemical, when used for the purpose for which it was manufactured.
STANDARD 2 – RISK MANAGEMENT PLANNING
Identify risks and develop, assess, evaluate and monitor control measures.
STANDARD 3 – HARM MINIMISATION CONTROLS
Apply practicable control measures to eliminate risks, then reduce risks that cannot be eliminated, then manage residual risks using best available techniques and best environmental practices.
STANDARD 4 – ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE STORAGE
Store and contain industrial chemicals in an environmentally safe manner.
STANDARD 5 – EFFECTIVE RESPONSES TO INCIDENTS
Plan for and respond effectively and promptly to industrial chemical incidents.
STANDARD 6 – ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE WASTE MANAGEMENT
Implement waste management for industrial chemicals in an environmentally safe manner in line with the waste hierarchy and local requirements.