Chemical categorisation tools

Last update 30 November 2016

Our chemical categorisation tools help businesses understand proposed new chemical categories by providing examples of what may be made available to you as a chemical notifer under the proposed reforms.

Do not use this resource to determine your obligations under the current NICNAS legislation.

Categorise your new chemical

Exposure and hazard bands

Under the proposed reforms, categorising your new chemical—that is, a chemical not listed on the AICS—will involve determining its exposure and hazard bands for both human health and the environment.

Exposure bands indicate how likely it is that your chemical will come into contact with humans and the environment, and the extent of exposure due to the volume imported or manufactured. Hazard bands indicate how hazardous your chemical is to human health and the environment.

The exposure and hazard bands are used to determine your chemical's category—either Exempted, Reported or Assessed.

Exempted chemical—very low risk chemical (previously known as Class 1 chemical).

Reported chemical—low risk chemical (previously known as Class 2 chemical).

Assessed chemical—medium to high risk chemical (previously known as Class 3 chemical).

Find out more about proposed chemical categorisations in our frequently asked questions section or for more detail read our consultation papers.

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