National Code of Practice for the Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheets NOHSC:2011(2003) - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you are required to prepare Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) during the course of your work. A MSDS must be prepared if your work involves the use of, manufacture or exposure to dangerous or hazardous substances. Compliance with this code will ensure the MSDS is prepared in accordance with the recommended formats in Australia. This code of practice applies to:

  • Materials classified as hazardous substances and / or dangerous goods; and
  • Materials which may give rise to health, safety or environmental effects when used in the workplace.

Suppliers must produce MSDS for all hazardous substances and / or dangerous goods. An MSDS provides employers, self-employed persons, workers and other health and safety representatives with the necessary information to safely manage the risk from hazardous or dangerous substance exposure. It describes the chemical and physical properties of a material and provides advice on safe handling and use of the material. The term Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is also commonly used overseas.

It should be noted that there is an inconsistency clause listed in the Act where regulations that are in conflict with approved codes of practice are to be complied with. Any requirement of this code that is in conflict with what a regulation states may be ignored, and the regulation complied with.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
WorkSafe ACT

Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
WorkSafe ACT


02 62073000


02 62050336

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