Cleaning up chemicals Bill passed

The Morrison Government has passed the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020 in Parliament.

Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, said that with more than 40,000 chemicals used in Australia, the establishment of the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard would provide greater protection for households, workplaces and agriculture.

“Chemicals are used in household items, from cosmetics to paints, cleaning products, plastics and packaging materials. They are used in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and fuel production and a wide range of applications,” Ley said.

“We will now have a consistent system of Commonwealth management that ensures consistency across all states in relation to the use, storage, and disposal of chemicals.

“The legislation recognises the need to act now to reduce the potential for environmental damage, while future-proofing our approach to be able to respond to new chemicals and new scientific understanding.”

The new chemical standards will be placed on a searchable public register that will provide a single source of information on how chemicals should be managed, to prevent harm to our unique environment, animals and our communities.