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WSH Act: hazardous substances

Hazardous substances are defined under the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act.

Under the Act, the following are classified as hazardous substances:

  • Carcinogens.
  • Corrosive substances.
  • Explosives.
  • Flammable substances.
  • Gases under pressure.
  • Irritants.
  • Mutagens.
  • Organic peroxides.
  • Oxidising substances.
  • Pyrophoric substances.
  • Self-heating substances.
  • Self-reactive substances.
  • Sensitisers.
  • Substances hazardous to the aquatic environment.
  • Substances that emit flammable gases when in contact with water.
  • Teratogens.
  • Toxic substances.

Last Updated: 25 May 2015