Chemical control

Regulation of chemicals


Investigations into a possible cancer cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

This inquiry was initiated to respond to community concerns about the possibility of a cancer cluster or auto-immune disease cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula, and to explore any potential links between these diseases and certain chemicals that were historically used for mosquito control in the...

National authority for chemicals control: structure and funding

This guide provides information on how to establish and maintain a national authority structure for chemicals control.

Benefits of chemicals control

This guide is intended to support decision makers in their efforts to establish legal frameworks for preventive chemicals control, and government officials actively working to develop, adapt and implement chemicals control and the related institutional capacity.
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Global Chemicals Outlook II: from legacies to innovative solutions – implementing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development (synthesis report)

The Global Chemicals Outlook II finds that the global goal to minimize adverse impacts of chemicals and waste will not be achieved by 2020. Solutions exist, but more ambitious worldwide action by all stakeholders is urgently required.

The independence of regulatory decisions made by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA): report

This inquiry was initiated in response to concerns about pesticides and their impact on bees. There has been general concern in Australia about the safety of chemicals in general, the safety of glyphosate more specifically, and the need to ban the use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides.

Methamphetamine contamination in residential properties: exposures, risk levels, and interpretation of standards

The extensive publicity surrounding methamphetamine contamination, along with exaggerated claims about the health risks posed by living in dwellings where residues of the drug can be detected, has led to considerable concern especially amongst tenants, landlords, and potential home buyers and property investors.

Expert health panel for Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): final report

The panel reviewed twenty recently published key Australian and international reports and academic reviews that had examined scientific studies on potential human health effects of PFAS exposure. The panel also undertook a public consultation to inform them of the communities’ concerns regarding PFAS, and their...

The management of asbestos in the non-occupational environment

These guidelines are directed at non-workplace exposure to asbestos in the air and to help public health units of district health boards address public concerns and give sensible advice.

Implications of the restriction on the use of fenthion on Australia’s horticultural industry

This report examined the implications of restricting the use of fenthion, which is a chemical used for insect pest control, particularly for fruit fly. Background On 12 December 2013, the Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee...

Chemicals business checklist: a tool to help those working with chemicals

Australian governments through the Standing Committee on Chemicals have developed an industry tool that will provide guidance to small and large enterprises in Australia to start and grow chemicals and plastics businesses. The Chemicals Business Checklist is the result of collaboration between industry and different...