Call for information on chemicals

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We are seeking input to inform chemical scheduling under the new Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS).

Information gathered through this consultation process will be essential for developing well rounded scheduling decisions that work effectively for the community, industry and government.

IChEMS is a national approach to managing chemical use, storage, handling and disposal. It will deliver nationally consistent environmental management of industrial chemicals and make it easier for industry to choose less harmful chemicals.

IChEMS scheduling of chemicals will provide information on their level of concern, and the controls that should be applied to protect the environment.

You can assist us by advising whether you handle any of the industrial chemicals listed below and sharing your information.

Opportunity to comment

Chemicals listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are a priority for scheduling under IChEMS. The Stockholm Convention outlines controls that should be put in place to protect human health and the environment from the harmful impacts of POPs.

We are seeking up-to-date information about per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) listed in the Stockholm Convention, some of which may still be used in Australia. The information you provide will guide the development of risk management approaches under IChEMS. Your information will help to identify which of these chemicals are still entering Australia, and how they are currently used and disposed of.

Industry sectors

Example uses

Automotive

Low friction bearing and seals

Aviation, aerospace and defence

Hydraulic fluid, insulators, solder sleeves

Cable and wiring

Coatings

Construction

Paint, coatings for fabric, metal, stone, tile

Electronics

Flame retardants, insulators, “solder sleeves”

Energy

Film to cover solar collectors for weatherability, bearings and seals

Fire-fighting

Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), in equipment (e.g. clothing)

Food processing

Food packaging

Household products

Floor polishes and cleaners, non-stick coatings, waterproofing sprays

Oil and gas

Well stimulation surfactant

Medical articles

Surgical drapes and gowns

Metal plating

Mist suppressant

Mining

Well stimulation surfactant

Paint

Paint and coating additives

Paper and packaging

Oil and grease repellent

Polymer

Processing aids

Semiconductor

Working fluid in mechanical vacuum pumps

Textiles, leather and apparel

Oil and water repellent, stain resistance

Provide your information

Please complete the online survey below.

This is a public call for information under section 20 of the Industrial Chemicals Environment Management (Register) Act 2021. Please note, you can request that the information you provide is not publicly disclosed. Further information on our confidential information provisions is available.

We are seeking input to inform chemical scheduling under the new Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS).

Information gathered through this consultation process will be essential for developing well rounded scheduling decisions that work effectively for the community, industry and government.

IChEMS is a national approach to managing chemical use, storage, handling and disposal. It will deliver nationally consistent environmental management of industrial chemicals and make it easier for industry to choose less harmful chemicals.

IChEMS scheduling of chemicals will provide information on their level of concern, and the controls that should be applied to protect the environment.

You can assist us by advising whether you handle any of the industrial chemicals listed below and sharing your information.

Opportunity to comment

Chemicals listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are a priority for scheduling under IChEMS. The Stockholm Convention outlines controls that should be put in place to protect human health and the environment from the harmful impacts of POPs.

We are seeking up-to-date information about per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) listed in the Stockholm Convention, some of which may still be used in Australia. The information you provide will guide the development of risk management approaches under IChEMS. Your information will help to identify which of these chemicals are still entering Australia, and how they are currently used and disposed of.

Industry sectors

Example uses

Automotive

Low friction bearing and seals

Aviation, aerospace and defence

Hydraulic fluid, insulators, solder sleeves

Cable and wiring

Coatings

Construction

Paint, coatings for fabric, metal, stone, tile

Electronics

Flame retardants, insulators, “solder sleeves”

Energy

Film to cover solar collectors for weatherability, bearings and seals

Fire-fighting

Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), in equipment (e.g. clothing)

Food processing

Food packaging

Household products

Floor polishes and cleaners, non-stick coatings, waterproofing sprays

Oil and gas

Well stimulation surfactant

Medical articles

Surgical drapes and gowns

Metal plating

Mist suppressant

Mining

Well stimulation surfactant

Paint

Paint and coating additives

Paper and packaging

Oil and grease repellent

Polymer

Processing aids

Semiconductor

Working fluid in mechanical vacuum pumps

Textiles, leather and apparel

Oil and water repellent, stain resistance

Provide your information

Please complete the online survey below.

This is a public call for information under section 20 of the Industrial Chemicals Environment Management (Register) Act 2021. Please note, you can request that the information you provide is not publicly disclosed. Further information on our confidential information provisions is available.

  • You are invited to provide up-to-date information on the following chemicals listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs):

    • Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and related substances (PFOS chemicals)
    • Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid and related substances (PFHxS chemicals)
    • Perfluorooctanoic acid and related substances (PFOA chemicals)

    The information you provide will help us develop draft scheduling decisions and risk management approaches for these chemicals under the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard - IChEMS.

    Responses close at 5pm (AEDT) on 14 December 2022.

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